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Borouge Awards Linde Ethane Cracker Contract
The Linde Group
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Borouge has awarded a contract worth USD 1.075 billion to The Linde Group to build another 1.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) ethane cracker at its production site in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

"The awarding of this contract confirms Borouge's commitment to the Borouge 3 project, a major expansion of our production facility in Ruwais, which will increase the total capacity of the plant to 4.5 million tonnes of polyolefins annually by the end of 2013," said Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (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."

"Nowhere else in the world has a petrochemical company installed so much olefins capacity in such a short time as Borouge is currently doing in Abu Dhabi," said Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "We at Linde Engineering are proud to be the supplier of ethylene technology for the Ruwais complex. Our relationship with ADNOC, enriched by our gases joint venture 'Elixier', and Borealis is now stronger than ever, thus making The Linde Group the leading gases and engineering company in the Middle East."

The contract will be executed on a "lump sum turnkey" basis whereby the construction work will be executed by the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). The new cracker, the third of its kind to be built by The Linde Group for Borouge in one decade, complements the 600,000 t/y and 1.5 million t/y ethane crackers, the latter of which is currently under construction as part of the plant's expansion from 600,000 to 2 million t/y of polyolefins by mid-2010, and ultimately 4.5 million tonnes of polyolefins annually by 2013.

After completion of the new cracker, Borouge will have the world's largest ethane cracker complex, setting a new benchmark for the industry.

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 leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions. The awarding of the contract is a major milestone in the Company's growth strategy in the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets in the Middle East and Asia, and is an important step in the development of the Abu Dhabi petrochemicals landscape.

Borouge and Borealis are leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. With more than 40 years of experience in polyolefins and using our unique Borstar technology, they focus on the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets. They have production facilities, innovation centres and service centers across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific and work with customers in more than 170 countries around the world to provide plastic materials.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 52,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2008 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.7 billion.