UAE's Borouge awarded an EPC contract to a unit of Italy's Maire Tecnimont for its fifth polypropylene plant in the Ruwais complex to help boost polymer production capacity.
Based on Borealis Borstar technology, the new plant in Abu Dhabi, will have a nameplate capacity of 480,000 tonnes per annum and is expected to come on stream in Q3 2021, the company said.
With this investment the total polypropylene production capacity of Borouge will grow to 2.24 million tonnes per annum and the plant will be integrated with the existing Borouge 3 complex in Ruwais.
Ahmed Omar Abdulla, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge): “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in the expansion of Borouge’s growth ambition to become the recognised leader in creative plastics solutions that have a positive impact on society today and tomorrow.”
“The awarding of the PP5 EPC contract, after a rigorous and robust competitive tendering process, is not only a signal of our intent to grow our position as a reliable provider to petrochemical products but also a signal of the further growth of Ruwais as the biggest world-class petrochemical complex.”
Building this new capacity in the UAE will help Borouge to expand its product portfolio and deliver leading edge solutions to its customers across the globe, supporting our customers’ growth ambitions in the transportation and energy markets as well as rigid and flexible packaging sectors, infrastructure and agricultural film, the company said.
Alfred Stern, CEO of Borealis: “The PP5 plant will become the tenth Borstar plant in Ruwais. It shows our commitment to bolster our global supply and clearly illustrates the strength of both the technological capabilities and of the partnership between ADNOC and Borealis.”
The awarding of the EPC contract comes one year after Borouge shareholders ADNOC and Borealis, announced plans for the construction of a Borouge 4 complex in Ruwais, which will encompass a world-scale, mixed feedstock cracker and downstream derivatives units for both polyolefin and non-polyolefin products.
Borouge, a joint venture of ADNOC and Borealis was established 20 years ago and production has progressively increased as the Borouge 1, 2 and 3, plants have come on stream. Borouge 2030 Growth Strategy is aims to double the production capacity by 2030.
Global demand for polyolefin products is strongly driven by the growth in emerging economies. Both ADNOC and Borealis are determined to take advantage of Borealis innovative Borstar technology, a world-leading product portfolio and a favorable geographic location at the pivot point between East and West, to capitalise on the markets of steepest growth in Asia. Building new capacity in the UAE will ensure the long-term security of supply towards those markets.
Tecnimont SPA, a subsidiary of Italy’s Maire Tecnimont, provides engineering, procurement, and construction services to oil, gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries.