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Expansion and Development of the Borouge Complex

Where: United Arab Emirates

Client: Borouge

Company in charge: Tecnimont

Maire Tecnimont Group has supported the development of the Abu Dhabi petrochemical value chain since the late 1990s through consecutive expansion phases. The latest awarded project concerns an EPC contract for a new polypropylene unit (PP5 Project).

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, an Austrian leading international producer of chemical and plastic solutions.

Borouge in Arabic means “tower” such as those 70 m high supporting the loop reactors, the beating heart of the plant, which transform crude oil derivates into impressive quantities of plastic, used today in many advanced industrial applications.

The scope of Tecnimont's work for the PP5 project consists of a new polypropylene unit and its annex structures, to be integrated into the already existing Borouge 3 Complex. The two PP Plants will have a maximum capacity of 480,000 t/yr each. 

Tecnimont was the main contractor for the polyolefin unit for Borouge 1, completed in 2001. In 2007 Tecnimont was awarded the polyolefin units (PO) for the first phase of the Borouge expansion ("Borouge 2"), as well as the debottlenecking of Borouge 1 process lines. In 2009 Tecnimont was awarded both FEED and EPC contracts for the entire Borouge 3 Project, the largest polyolefin project ever carried out by the company, which includes:

  • 2 units of polyethylene, each with a production capacity of 540,000 tons / year
  • 2 polypropylene units, each with a production capacity of 480,000 tons / year
  • 1 Low Density Polyethylene Unit (LDPE) of 350,000 tons/year