By Mary Page Bailey | February 24, 2022
Borouge, a joint-venture between The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Borealis Group AG (Vienna, Austria), has announced the successful start-up of its new fifth polypropylene unit (PP5) in Ruwais. The new unit will contribute to boosting the UAE’s production of polypropylene to meet the growing global demand for manufactured products in the recyclable advanced packaging, infrastructure and other industrial sectors.
Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) said: ” This marks further progress on Borouge’s growth journey and the development of Ruwais into a dynamic, global hub for downstream activity, enabling the UAE’s long-term industrial growth and economic diversification. Our PP5 unit, will enable us to meet our customers’ increasing demand for polypropylene solutions, especially in the packaging and infrastructure sectors across our key markets in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.”
Built within the Borouge 3 plant, PP5 is a key milestone in Borouge’s 2030 growth strategy. The new unit will deliver 480,000 tons per year (t/y) and contribute to increasing Borouge’s polypropylene production capacity by more than 25% to 2.24 million ton/yr, and its total polymer capacity of polyolefins by 11% from 4.5 to 5 million t/y. The new facility will have the annual capacity to manufacture raw materials to produce enough pipes for the water supply networks for the equivalent of 6,500 Burj Khalifa buildings. The start-up of PP5 follows soon after the announcement of the Final Investment Decision for the world-scale Borouge 4 expansion which makes Borouge’s Abu Dhabi manufacturing facilities the world’s largest single-site polyolefin complex.
Rainer Hoefling, CEO Borouge Pte, commented: “We work closely with our customers and value chain partners to achieve their circular economy commitments through several initiatives. These include the development of mono-material packaging solutions that are designed for recyclability. We will be able to provide solutions that drive total cost benefits for customers by leveraging Borstar technology to deliver unparalleled cycle time improvements, reduced warpage, and energy efficiency.”