Borouge in US $40 million expansion

US $1.2 billion petrochemical complex in Abu Dhabi has raised capacity from 450 kilo tonnes to 580 tons per annum

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By  Eudore Chand Published  March 26, 2005

Borouge announced that its US $40 million investment to expand its polyethylene capacity was successfully completed earlier this month. The project expansion took place at the company’s $1.2 billion petrochemical complex in Abu Dhabi, and raised capacity from 450 kilo tonnes (kts) to 580 kts per annum. The increase of the facility’s existing capacity was achieved during a planned ethylene unit turnaround at the site to minimise disruption to customers. With this expansion, Borouge’s ethylene production will be fully converted into polyethylene. Located in Ruwais, the Borouge petrochemical complex opened in October 2002 to produce enhanced polyethylene (PE) products to meet the needs of the packaging and pipe industries in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. By using the Borstar bimodal process, Borouge delivers enhanced PE products that are high-performance and high-value, combining mechanical strength and product processability. Its performance enables significant down-gauging and product “lightweighting” for packaging film, pipe applications, wire and cable and bottling, resulting in material cost savings of up to 30%. “We aim to be the preferred supplier of polyolefins in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific,” said Harri Bucht, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge). “We hope to further increase our production capacity significantly over the next few years and to build on what is already a world-class petrochemical complex.”

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