Borouge rolls into production

11 January 2002

The UAE's first petrochemical complex went into production in late December, following the start-up of the Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge)plant at Ruwais. The $1,200 million complex comprises a 600,000-tonne-a-year (t/y) ethylene cracker, built by the US' Bechteland Germany's Linde, and two 225,000-t/y polyethylene units, constructed by Italy's Tecnimont. Output of the linear low-density and high-density polyethylene grades will be marketed in Asia and the Middle East.

Further capacity is planned at the Borouge complex. The ethylene cracker has been designed to accommodate a 300,000-t/y expansion. More advanced is a proposal to debottleneck the two polyethylene trains to take the capacity of each train up to 300,000 t/y from 225,000 t/y.

Borouge is a 60:40 joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Companyand Copenhagen-based Borealis. The two companies also have equal stakes in a separate marketing company, Borouge Pte, which is headquartered in Singapore.

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