UAE Borouge 3 expansion enters design phase

13 April 2009 18:12  [Source: ICIS news]

Borouge to expand capacityHOUSTON (ICIS news)--United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Borouge will proceed with its 2.5m tonne/year Borouge 3 polyolefins expansion in anticipation of an upswing of the global economy and market growth, the joint venture announced on Monday.

The project will more than double Borouge’s polyolefins capacity in the fourth quarter of 2013, using feedstock from refinery and gas-processing expansions by joint-venture partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the company said.

The expansion will bring the company’s total capacity to 4.5m tonnes/year and add capability for low density polyethylene (LDPE) grades, according to a press release.

Borouge is entering the front-end engineering and design phase after concluding a feasibility study begun in 2008.

The Borouge 3 expansion, located in Ruwais, UAE, will include an ethane cracker, polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) units and a butene unit.

The company said the addition of a LDPE line will allow it to grow its sales to the wire and cable infrastructure market.

Borouge’s marketing arm also announced that it is establishing logistics hubs in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China, and a 50,000 tonne/year compounding facility in Shanghai.

Borouge is a 60:40 joint venture between ADNOC and Borealis, which is co-owned by International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and OMV Aktiengesellschaft.

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By: David Barry
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