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Linde wins $1-billion contract for ethane cracker

By Gerald Ondrey |

Borouge (Abu Dhabi; www.borouge.com), a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, has awarded a contract worth $1.075 billion to The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com), a world leading gases and engineering company, to build another 1.5 million tonnes per year (m.t./yr) 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,” says 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,” says Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. “We at Linde…
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