Linde collects $1.3 billion contract on world's largest ethylene cracker

Borouge has awarded Linde Engineering a US $1.3 billion (AED4.7 billion) contract to build its new ethylene cracker in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

Borouge has awarded Linde Engineering a US $1.3 billion (AED4.7 billion) contract to build its new ethylene cracker in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

The award is on a lump sum EPC turnkey basis.

Work is expected to begin in the first week of December this year, and is scheduled for completion in 41 months.

The cracker will have a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum and is considered to be the largest of its type in the world.

This award is the first step in the development of Borouge 2, a major expansion project being undertaken by Borouge, which will triple production capacity and consolidate its position in markets throughout the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

It is expected to come on stream by 2010.

In addition to the ethylene cracker, the Borouge 2 project comprises the world's biggest olefins conversion unit, producing 752kT per annum, and two Borstar polypropylene plants with a combined annual capacity of 800kT.

A new Borstar Enhanced PE plant will have an annual capacity of 540kT to complement the existing 600kT unit.

The award of these three packages is expected during first and second quarter of 2007.

The new expansion will be located next to Borouge's existing petrochemical complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

Borouge is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and plastics provider Borealis.

Together, Borouge and Borealis employ Borstar technology to produce differentiated products for high-value infrastructure applications, including water, gas and industrial pipe systems, power and communication cables, advanced packaging and automotive components.

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