The debottlenecking of Borouge’s PE capacity has long been planned, given that the Ruwais complex produces 150,000 tonnes a year (t/y ) of surplus ethylene, which is exported. At present, PE nameplate capacity stands at 450,000 t/y but the idea is to raise this to 600,000 t/y, to match the cracker output.

The proposed new cracker is expected to have capacity of about 1.2 million t/y. The project is being considered in light of additional ethane feedstock becoming available in 2007 with the commissioning of the third phase of the onshore gas development (OGD-3) and the second phase of the Asab gas development (AGD-2).