GPCA '09: Borouge eyes new compounding plant in China/India

10 December 2009 03:00  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--Borouge is looking at building an additional polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in China or India to meet growing customer needs, William Yau, CEO of the company's marketing arm, told ICIS news late on Wednesday.

"The plan is still at a conceptual stage and a final decision is expected to be taken early next year," Yau said in an interview on the sidelines of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum.

Borouge is already building a 50,000 tonne/year PP copolymer compounding unit in Shanghai, China set to be ready by mid-2010.

"The capacity of this plant, which will cater to the needs of the automobile sector, can be scaled up to 80,000 tonnes/year," Yau said. But even that may not be enough to meet the requirements of the booming automotive segment in China.

"India also has a strong automotive sector, so that is another possible site for the new compounding plant," Yau added.

The Borouge III project at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, which includes a 1.5m tonne/year ethane cracker and downstream polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants -increasing the company's total polyolefins capacity to.4.5m tonnes/year - is scheduled for completion by end-2013.

The  Borouge II project, consisting of a 1.5m tonnes/year cracker, 540,000 tonnes/year PE and 800,000,000 tonnes/year PP at the same site is due for start-up in mid-2010.

Borouge currently operates a 600,000 tonne/year PE facility at Ruwais.

The three-day forum ends on Thursday.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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