Borealis inaugurates LDPE plant in Stenungsund, Sweden

02 June 2010 14:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Borealis has inaugurated its 350,000 tonne/year high-pressure low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, along with its new compounding and material-handling facilities, at Stenungsund in Sweden, the Austrian group said on Thursday.

The plant, which cost more than €400m ($488m) to complete, was built to serve the growing wire and cable market, and has increased total capacity at the site from 580,000 tonnes/year to 700,000 tonnes/year, Borealis said. As part of the firm's plans, a 46-year-old 150,000 tonne/year LDPE plant at the site has been closed.

“Consistency, homogeneity and cleanliness are key determinants in enabling the reliable production of quality high-voltage cables,” said Borealis CEO Mark Garrett.

“To that end, we have focused the entire Stenungsund expansion and Borealis process to ensure we deliver the high-purity, value-adding market applications of the future and consolidate our leadership in the demanding wire and cable market segments,” he added.

The expansion in Sweden was a continuation of a €42m cross-linkable polyethylene (XLPE) capacity upgrade taken on stream during 2007.

The start-up was initially scheduled for November, but progress was delayed due to severe winter weather.

Sources told ICIS news in January that Borealis was in the process of commissioning the plant.

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