Borouge cracks on with Ruwais work

10 November 2006
Commercial bid evaluation is under way at Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) for the cracker package on the multi-billion dollar expansion of the Ruwais petrochemical facilities. Technical bids have also recently been submitted for the polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) contract, while contractors are preparing to submit technical proposals by the end of November for the offsites and utilities (O&U) package.
An award is expected by the end of January for the 1.4 million-tonne-a-year (t/y) cracker contract. The bidders are Germany's Linde; Italy's Snamprogetti, with US-based ABB Lummus Global; and the US-based Shaw Group, with the local Al-Jaber Energy Services (MEED 25:8:06).

At least two companies, including the US' Fluor Corporation and Italy's Tecnimont, are competing for the polyolefins package, which covers the construction of two PP units with combined capacity of 800,000 t/y and an enhanced PE plant with capacity of 540,000 t/y.

Commercial offers are due by year-end. All three units will utilise Borstar technology

developed by Vienna-based Borealis, Borouge's foreign shareholder.

For the O&U contract, invited companies are Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas, US-based Bechtel, Fluor and a three-strong grouping of Linde, Tecnimont and Engineers India (EIL MEED 6:10:06).

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