GPCA ’12: Borouge to dedicate PE plant to pipe, wire and cable

29 November 2012 12:54  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Borouge plans to dedicate its 540,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant at Borouge 2 to pipe and wire and cable applications by early 2014, a senior company executive said on Thursday.

“We see strong growth in the infrastructure segment in the Middle East as well as Asia and wish to cater to that segment through our PE pipe and wire and cable grades,” said Wim Roels, CEO of Borouge Marketing and Sales Company, on the sidelines of the seventh GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association) forum being held in Dubai on 27-29 November.

The conversion of the Borouge 2 PE plant into one that is dedicated to pipe and wire and cable applications will take place only after the start-up of Borouge 3 PE facility in end-2013, Roels said.

The Borouge 3 PE facility will produce varied grades of PE, including film and blowmoulding grades, through its 1.08m tonne/year plant using Borstar blown film PE technology.

Borouge 3 also includes a 350,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit, and an 80,000 tonne/year cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) unit that will use Borlink technology. The XLPE unit will cater to the high-voltage wire and cable market, Roels said.

Borlink
is a new technology introduced by Borealis and Borouge this year. It caters to the high voltage wire and cable segment, which is poised for growth in the future, Roels added.

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


By: Prema Viswanathan
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