Borouge II cracker/downstream fulls ops by end 2010 or early 2011

21 April 2010 03:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--The Borouge II cracker and downstream project at Ruwais in Abu Dhabi is expected to achieve full production by the end of 2010 or early 2011, William Yau, chief executive officer (CEO) of Borouge's marketing arm, said on Wednesday.

"The complex is scheduled to start up by the middle of this year, but production will be ramped up in stages, with full capacity of close to 2m tonnes/year of polyolefins is likely to be achieved by the end of this year or early next year," Yau said on the sidelines of the ChinaPlas 2010 exhibition in Shanghai.

Borouge is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co and Austria’s Borealis.

The  Borouge II project consists of a 1.5m tonnes/year ethane cracker, 540,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) and 800,000,000 tonnes/year polypropylene (PP). The company is already operating a 600,000 tonne/year PE plant at Ruwais.

The company is also working on a further expansion (Borouge III), which, when completed will increase its polyolefins capacity to 4.5m tonnes/year.

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