Cracking deal

Linde has won a contract worth more than $1bn to build a 1.5m tonne per year ethane cracker at Borouge’s production site in Ruwais in Abu Dhabi.


Linde has won a contract worth more than $1bn (£612m) to build a 1.5m tonne per year (t/y) ethane cracker at Borouge’s production site in Ruwais in Abu Dhabi.


The so-called Borouge 3 project will increase the total capacity of the plant to 4.5m tonnes of polyolefins annually by the end of 2013, according to Abdulaziz Alhajri, chief executive of Borouge.


In addition to the ethane cracker, the expansion includes the construction of second generation Borstar polypropylene and polyethylene units, a low density polyethylene unit and a butene unit, as well as related off-site utilities and marine facilities.


The new cracker, the third of its kind to be built by Linde for Borouge in a decade, complements the 600,000 t/y and 1.5m t/y ethane crackers, the latter of which is currently under construction as part of the plant’s expansion from 600,000 to 2m t/y of polyolefins by mid-2010, and ultimately 4.5m tonnes of polyolefins annually by 2013.
 
After completion of the new cracker, Borouge will have the world’s largest ethane cracker complex.


Borouge is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, and Borealis, a producer of chemicals and plastics.