ABU DHABI (ICIS)--A new 1.5m tonne/year ethane cracker operated by Borouge in Abu Dhabi is running well as the company conducts more tests before starting up its derivative units, industry sources in the Middle East said on Thursday.
“The Borouge 3 cracker is running well. The company is making good progress,” according to a source close to a Middle East producer.
A separate source from a Qatari polymer producer said it heard about the successful start-up and expects Borouge to make “steady progress in the next few months”.
However, news of its start-up cannot be immediately confirmed with the company.
In late April, Borouge CEO Wim Roels said the cracker was expected to start up soon, but declined to provide specific dates.
The derivative units include Borealis’ branded Borstar polyethylene (PE) units with a combined 1.08m tonne/year capacity, two Borstar polypropylene (PP) units with a combined capacity of 960,000 tonnes/year and a 350,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) unit.
Borouge 3 will raise the company’s olefins and polyolefins capacity to around 4.5m tonnes/year from 2m tonnes/year currently.