Borouge achieves commercial ops at expanded polyolefins unit

28 October 2010 10:43  [Source: ICIS news]

Borouge Abu Dhabi plantSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Borouge has achieved commercial production at its expanded polyolefins complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, a source close to the project said on Thursday.

“The company has begun to export small quantities of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) from the expanded facility and will step up the volumes in the coming weeks,” the source added.

Following the start-up, Borouge has doubled its production of PE to 1.2m tonnes/year and begun to produce PP for the first time at its new 800,000 tonne/year plant at Ruwais.

“The mega-project Borouge 2, valued at an estimated US$5 billion (€3.65bn), triples the annual polyolefins production capacity of the plant to 2 million tonnes per year,” Borouge said in a separate statement.

Borouge is a joint venture between UAE’s stated-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Austria’s chemical firm Borealis.

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