Borouge begins construction of fifth polypropylene unit in Ruwais

borough pp5Enabled by Borealis’ proprietary Borstar® technology, Borouge’s PP5 unit will become the tenth Borstar® unit in Ruwais. (Image source: Borouge)Borouge has begun construction of its fifth polypropylene unit within the Borouge 3 plant in Ruwais, which is set to grow Borouge’s polypropylene capacity by more than 25 per cent to 2.24mn tonnes per year and unlock new opportunities to boost the local economy

Senior officials from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Borealis, Maire Tecnimont Group and Borouge attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new unit which will have a production capacity of 480,000 tonnes per year. The PP5 unit that will come on stream in Q3 2021 is being constructed by Maire Tecnimont Group.

Ahmed Omar Abdulla, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge), said, “As a new milestone on Borouge’s growth strategy, the PP5 unit also supports our In-Country Value (ICV) programme which encourages the use of local goods, services, manufacturing facilities and the employment of Emiratis. It will also have a positive impact on logistics, ports and exporting. In addition, it provides new opportunities for potential customers in the UAE to create products based on our ‘Made in the UAE’ polypropylene solutions.”

Maire Tecnimont Group, which was awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the PP5 unit in July, has extensive experience of working with Borouge, going back to the first Borouge polyolefin complex (Borouge 1) which was completed in 2001. The group has also carried out two additional expansion projects, Borouge 2 and Borouge 3.

“We are proud to be part of this project and are very excited to continue contributing to the achievement of Abu Dhabi’s downstream and petrochemicals development and to further strengthen a mutually beneficial partnership with a prestigious client such as Borouge,” said Pierroberto Folgiero, group CEO of Maire Tecnimont.

Contributing to growing Borouge’s total polymers production capacity by almost 11 per cent to reach five million tonnes per year, the PP5 unit aims to take an important step to meet the increasing requirements of customers across the world, especially in the field of household packaging including food containers and films which are light, stiff and transparent and can be used, re-used and recycled.

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