Borouge’s expansion wll be carried out under five construction packages.

Borouge, a leading petrochemical company providing value-creating polyolefin solutions, has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the world-scale fourth expansion of its manufacturing complex – Borouge 4 – in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

Adnoc and Borealis AG recently signed a strategic partnership that confirmed a $6.2 billion investment agreement to build Borouge 4, said a Wam news agency report.

The scope of the awards divided into five packages covers engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning activities for the polyolefin complex facilities required to facilitate the full output of two new polyethylene plants – each with a capacity of 700,000 tonnes per annum, using the third generation of Borealis Borstar technology. These plants will be supplied by a world-scale ethane cracker with capacity of more than 1.5 million tonnes per annum of ethylene.

The first package for site preparation and early works was awarded to Al Asab General Transport and Contracting, a Abu Dhabi-based construction company.  The second package was awarded to French construction giant, Technip Energies, in consortium with Target Engineering, to build the ethane cracker.

The last three packages of Borouge 4 were awarded to Italian industrial engineering company, Tecnimont. The first of these entails the polyethylene and 1-hexene units covering the build of Borouge 4’s two new polyethylene manufacturing plants and 1-hexene unit, a component in the production of high-performance polyethylene. The second is for utilities and offsites, which consists of constructing non-process buildings, roads, infrastructure, internal and external interfaces, tankage systems, flaring systems, utilities and integration of Borouge 4 with the existing facilities. The last package is for building the second cross-linkable-polyethylene (XLPE) plant with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per annum.

Subject to the successful conclusion of a study, a carbon capture unit that would reduce CO2 emissions by 80 per cent could be set up to be operational at the start-up of Borouge 4.

Borouge’s value-add materials are used to manufacture a diverse range of products including industrial-grade pipes, cables, films and personal protective equipment.

With this expansion, Borouge will become the world’s largest single-site polyolefin complex. The facility will also enable the next phase of growth at the Ruwais Industrial Complex by supplying feedstock to the Ta’Ziz Industrial Chemicals Zone.

Borouge undertook a front-end engineering design (FEED) and a competitive tender process, as part of the process leading up to the EPC awards.