Linde Group (Munich / Germany; www.linde.com) will build, at a cost of USD 1.075 bn, an ethane cracker in Ruwais with a capacity of 1.5m t/y of ethylene a year. Linde is thus building its third cracker for Borouge – see Plasteurope.com of 11.12.2006.
In addition, jv partners Borealis and Adnoc, whose investment company International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC, Abu Dhabi / UAE; www.ipic.ae) owns the majority of Borealis, have commissioned a joint venture owned by engineering company Tecnimont (Milan / Italy; www.tecnimont.it) and Samsung Engineering (www.samsungengineering.co.kr) with the building of two "Borstar" PE facilities, two "Borstar" PP units and an LDPE production plant at a total cost of USD 1.655 bn. A further USD 935m will go to Hyundai Engineering and Construction (http://en.hdec.kr) for building power plants and outdoor facilities.
With this third expansion stage, Borouge will increase its capacities by 1.08m t/y of PE, 960,000 t/y of PP and 350,000 t/y of LDPE. With its existing capacities of 600,000 t/y (Borouge 1) and the already planned capacities of 1.5m t/y (Borouge 2) – see Plasteurope.com of 22.03.2010 – the total Ruwais complex will have a capacity of around 4.5m t/y of polyolefins.
In China, Borouge and Borealis also plan to build a second plant for PP compounds. The planned facility in Nansha, a region of Guangzhou (Guandong Province), will supply automotive customers with tailor-made plastics from 2012. The planned capacity is 105,000 t/y. Only in April, Borouge inaugurated a PP compounding plant in Shanghai – see Plasteurope.com of 23.04.2010.