Borouge's new cracker to reach commercial production by mid-July

30 June 2010 17:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Borouge, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (Adnoc) and Austria’s Borealis, is expected to achieve commercial output at its new 1.5 m tonne/year ethane cracker in Ruwais in the next two weeks, a source familiar with the project said on Wednesday.

"Trial production at the cracker [known as Borouge 2] began about 10 days ago and the ethylene is now being tested for purity," the source said.

Once the product is certified as ‘pure’, it will be fed into the downstream polyethylene unit, which is due to start up next month, the source added.

Meanwhile, an 800,000 tonne/year olefins conversion unit (OCU), which would convert ethylene into propylene to feed a new polypropylene (PP) plant, had begun trial production, the source said.

"As the capacity of the OCU is quite large, it may take some time for it to stabilise," the source said. The exact timeline for the start-up of the PP plant was therefore not certain yet, he added.

The new derivative units include a 540,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) unit and an 800,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at the same site.

Borouge currently runs a 600,000 tonne/year cracker and PE facility in Ruwais.

Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee

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