Borouge inks $2.6bn Borouge III expansion contracts

02 July 2010 11:08  [Source: ICIS news]

Borouge signs $2.6bn Borouge III expansion contractsLONDON (ICIS news)--Borouge has signed three major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts valued at about $2.6bn (€2.1bn) for its Borouge III expansion in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Austrian chemical company Borealis said on Friday.

Two contracts were signed with a joint venture consortium between Maire Tecnimont of Italy and Samsung Engineering of South Korea, on a lump sum turnkey basis, Borealis said.

The first of the two contracts, worth $1.26bn, was signed for the construction of two polyethylene and two polypropylene units, with an annual capacity of 1,080,000 tonnes/year and 960,000 tonnes/year respectively, while the second contract, worth $400m, was agreed for the construction of a 350,000 tonnes/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit.

A third contract for the utilities and off-site facilities for the expanded plant was signed with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Construction and was worth $935m, Borealis added.

The signing ceremony took place at the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company’s (Borouge) CEO, Abdulaziz Alhajri; Roberto Bertocco, managing director of Tecnimont; Kiseok Park, CEO and president of Samsung Engineering; and Jung Kyum Kim, president and CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, it said.

“Signing these contracts represents an important milestone in the fulfilment of Borouge’s growth strategy in the Middle East and Asia,” said Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge).

“In addition to the pipe, automotive and advanced packaging markets that we serve today, our investment in low-density polyethylene production will spearhead our ability to manufacture innovative solutions for the global wire and cable market,” he added.

Borealis said the investments would quadruple Borouge’s production capacity to over 4.5m tonnes per year by 2013, making it the largest integrated polyolefins site in the world.

In May, Borouge formally signed a $1.075bn construction contract with Linde for the 1.5m tonne/year Borouge III cracker.

Borouge is a joint-venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Borealis.

($1 = €0.80)

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