Borouge has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to with Maire Tecnimont Group for its fifth polypropylene (PP5) plant in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.
The unit is expected to increase Borouge’s polypropylene capacity by 25% to 2.24 million tonnes per year (t/y).
With a capacity of 480,000 t/y, the new unit will be integrated with the existing Borouge 3 plant in Ruwais.
The fifth polypropylene unit is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2021.
Borouge said: “Building the PP5 plant in Ruwais significantly contributes to achieving Borouge’s ambition of growing the polymers production capacity by 11% to reach 5 million tonnes per year which is effectively linked to the growth ambitions of both ADNOC and Borealis to grow polymers production capacity.”
Borouge is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Borealis, a producer of petrochemical and plastics solutions.
Maire Tecnimont had also secured the contract for first Borouge polyolefin complex (Borouge 1), which was completed in 2001.
Besides, it carried out two additional expansion projects in 2007 and 2010 for Borouge 2 and Borouge 3, respectively.
Borouge said: “The PP5 plant will become the tenth Borstar plant in Ruwais that contributes to ensuring global supply of creative polypropylene products based on the partnership between ADNOC and Borealis.
“The Ruwais-based plant will help Borouge expand its product portfolio and deliver leading solutions to its customers across the globe, especially in the packaging industry.”
In May, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced its plans to invest AED165bn ($45bn) over the next five years to strength its downstream business.
As part of the plan, the firm intends to significantly expand its refining and petrochemical operations at Ruwais in the UAE, and also undertake overseas investments to secure greater market access.