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Borouge signs three major contracts for Ruwais cracker

Feb 26, 2019
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UAE’s petrochemical company Borouge said it awarded three major contracts to TechnipFMC, Maire Tecnimont and WorleyParsons for the fourth phase of the Ruwais petrochemicals complex, which will include the world’s largest mixed feed cracker.

The contracts are for front-end engineering and design, project management and license associated with the mixed feed cracker complex, according to a statement by Borouge – a joint venture by ADNOC and Borealis.

The mixed feed cracker will be the fourth cracker in the Borouge complex and will be the world’s largest with 1.8 million tonnes Ethylene output, the company said.

It will have an overall capacity to produce 3.3 million tonnes of olefins and aromatics using a variety of feedstocks such as Ethane, Butane and Naphtha coming from ADNOC’s refinery and gas processing facilities.

Both ADNOC and Borealis (owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala and Austria’s OMV) intend to finalise the downstream configuration within three months, following the FEED award.

“The mixed feed cracker is unique as it enables many new petrochemical building blocks to be available in Ruwais for the first time, thereby transforming Ruwais into an even more advanced integrated refining and petrochemicals complex,” said Abdulaziz Alhajri, executive director, downstream directorate at ADNOC. “The new project will significantly contribute to achieving ADNOC’s growth ambitions as well as those of Borouge.”

The introduction of new and additional feedstocks and products to be produced by the plant supports the Abu Dhabi, Borouge and ADNOC 2030 strategies, by creating a platform for future industrial development and diversification of the economy and contributing to ensuring a more profitable downstream business, he added. 

Alfred Stern, Borealis chief executive said the partnership of Borealis and ADNOC underlines the company’s continuous support to Borouge in setting up the huge downstream polyolefin’s production plants that will be based on the Borstar technology.

“The mixed feed cracker is not only a new milestone in Borouge’s history, it is also a new step forward in Borealis’ growth strategy in the Middle East. The project, which reflects the strength of our strong partnership with ADNOC, ideally embodies Borealis’ commitment and willingness to continue contributing to the development of the UAE through Borouge.”

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