UAE's Borouge starts construction on new chemicals plant

Fifth polypropylene unit in Ruwais will grow its capacity by more than 25% to 2.24 million tonnes per year
UAE's Borouge starts construction on new chemicals plant
By Sam Bridge
Fri 04 Jan 2019 10:54 AM

Abu Dhabi Polymers Company, better known as Borouge, has begun construction of its fifth polypropylene unit (PP5) in Ruwais, which will grow its capacity by more than 25 percent to 2.24 million tonnes per year.

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for the new unit which will have a production capacity of 480,000 tonnes per year and is scheduled to come on stream in the third quarter of 2021. It is being constructed by Maire Tecnimont Group. 

“The start of construction of our new PP5 unit, in Ruwais, opens the door to a new era of growth and development at Borouge and underlines our leading position as a reliable provider of innovative petrochemicals and plastics solutions,” said Ahmed Omar Abdulla, CEO of Borouge.

He said the new unit will contribute to growing Borouge’s total polymers production capacity by almost 11 percent to reach 5 million tonnes per year, adding that it is an important step towards meeting the increasing requirements of customers across the world, especially in the field of household packaging, including food containers and films.

“As a new milestone on Borouge’s growth strategy, the PP5 unit also supports our in-country value 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,” he said.

Maire Tecnimont Group, which was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the unit in July, 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,” said Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group CEO.

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