UAE's Borouge starts Ruwais petchem complex expansion

06 November 2009 02:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--United Arab Emirates- (UAE) based Borouge said late on Thursday it has tapped Abu Dhabi’s Al Asab General Transportations and Contracting Establishment to prepare the site for the expansion of its Ruwais petrochemical complex.

Work on the 3.6 square-kilometre area would take about a year to complete, the company said in a statement.

The expansion, known as Borouge 3, is expected to boost the company’s total production capacity to 4.5m tonnes by the end of 2013, the company said.

Borouge 3 includes an ethane cracker, second-generation Borstar polypropylene and polyethylene units, a low density polyethylene unit and a butane unit. Related off-site utilities and marine facilities would also be built at the site, the company added.

In July this year, Borouge awarded German engineering firm Linde Group the contract to build the 1.5m ethane cracker at the site for $1.08bn. Front-end engineering and design contracts (FEED) were awarded to Technimont and Jacobs Engineering.

Borouge is a joint venture between oil and gas major Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and polyolefins producer Borealis.

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