ADNOC and Borealis to expand joint petrochemicals activities

borealisThe agreement is part of ADNOC's aim to increase petrochemicals production from 4.5mn tpa to 11.4mn tpa by 2025The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Borealis have signed a framework agreement to advance two key projects that will expand the downstream petrochemicals business of both companies

The agreement was signed by H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Group CEO of ADNOC, and Mark Garrett, chief executive of Borealis.

Under the agreement, ADNOC and Borealis will move to the pre-feed stage for the construction of the Borouge 4 complex, which encompasses a world-scale, mixed feedstock cracker, using existing feedstock available in Abu Dhabi and downstream derivatives units for both polyolefin and non-polyolefin products. The proposed Borouge 4 complex is slated to come on stream around 2023 and will be integrated with ADNOC's Takreer refinery.

The companies have also agreed to commence engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) tendering for an additional polypropylene plant (PP5) based on Borealis proprietary Borstar technology. The plant, to be integrated with the existing Borouge 3 complex, will add value to the surplus propylene available from Takreer's new Propane DeHydrogenation (PDH) unit, producing around 0.5 million tonnes per annum of polypropylene.

The framework agreement also states that ADNOC and Borealis will review the extension of their successful Borouge joint venture beyond its first 30-year lifetime.

The signature of the agreement follows ADNOC’s announcement earlier this month of the expansion of its strategic partnership model to span the Group’s entire value chain as well as the more active management of its portfolio of assets.

HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber said, “We are committed to realising downstream growth and stretching the value from every barrel of oil we produce. Today’s agreement with Borealis marks an important milestone in two key projects that support our smart growth and partnership strategy. ADNOC is determined to work with like-minded partners, such as Borealis, as we deliver on our 2030 strategy and unlock and create long-term, sustainable value for the UAE. The Borouge 4 complex and polypropylene plant will allow us to grow our current petrochemical production to almost 10 million tonnes per year, enabling us to take advantage of the market opportunities we have identified, particularly in Asia, where the high-grade polymer market is set to double by 2040.”

As part of its 2030 strategy, ADNOC aims to expand petrochemical production from 4.5 to 11.4 million tonnes per year by 2025.

 

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