Borouge and Borealis, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions to the global wire and cable industry, together with Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute (SECRI), successfully held a HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) seminar on 17-18 October 2013 in Shanghai, China.
Some 50 international and national experts, from cable making companies, research institutes and utilities took with high interest note of the latest HVDC cable system technology and applications. Key HVDC aspects were presented by speakers from the State Grid Zhoushan Utility, China Southern Power Grid Guangdong Power Grid Corporation, Fujian Yongfu Project Consultant Co., National Center for Quality Supervision & Test of Wire and Cable, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tennet, KUL Leuven, Borealis, and others.
Roland Janssen, Vice President Marketing Centre Wire & Cable at Borouge, and Wei Dong, Head of SECRI, revealed in their welcoming speeches the importance of HVDC development. HVDC cables have been introduced as a new type of environmental-friendly and energy-saving power cable as it enables efficient power supply over long distances. Wei Dong explained that the HVDC technology is a breakthrough development in efficiently connecting renewable energy to the existing power GRIDs. “Especially China experiences huge development potential as it is currently witnessing a fast economic growth and big demand for electric energy,” continued Wei Dong. Roland Janssen underlined further that Borouge and Borealis, leading worldwide suppliers to HVDC cable makers, have 15 years of experience with Borlink™ HVDC materials. These cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) compounds distinguished with special electrical and superior processing characteristics are inevitable for HVDC cables.
The Borlink technology is a step-change innovative solution along the wire and cable value chain. It includes a tailor-made and unique high pressure process for the production of high purity and super clean low density polyethylene (LDPE) base polymers with superior electrical properties.
Borouge and Borealis commit to the increasing global demand for XLPE (Cross-Linked Polyethylene) through their current and future investments in Borlink technology. Borouge will be producing 350,000 tonnes of LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) per year at its new plant being built in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Borouge 3 expansion project. This will be a significant similar addition to Borealis’ high pressure LDPE plant that was inaugurated in Sweden in 2010. This investment in LDPE production spearheads Borouge’s ability to also manufacture innovative Borlink XLPE solutions for the global wire and cable market.
About Borealis Energy and Infrastructure
For nearly 50 years, Borealis has been a leading supplier of advanced energy & infrastructure plastics solutions for the pipe and fittings industry as well as for the wire and cable and capacitor film industries. Thanks to its unique and proprietary technologies, Borealis provides a large portfolio of innovative products and services which create real value for customers and partners and enable step-changing innovations. The unique Borstar® technology supports applications in the fields of water and gas distribution, wastewater and sewage disposal, irrigation systems, chemical and industrial pipelines, in-house plumbing and heating as well as pipe systems for oil and gas exploration and transportation. The unique Borlink™ technology enables Borealis to offer a wide range of sophisticated extra-high, high and medium voltage cable applications as well as semicon products. Borealis delivers effective Visico™ solutions in low voltage energy transmission and distribution cables and offers world-class innovations in providing, installing and extending the lifetime of cable systems.
Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,200 and operates in over 120 countries. It generated EUR 7.5 billion in sales revenue in 2012. The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% owned by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Building on the unique Borstar® and Borlink™ technologies and 50 years of experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge support key industries including infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging. The Borouge plant expansion in Abu Dhabi will be fully operational by mid-2014 with a total annual capacity of 4.5 million tonnes. After this Borealis and Borouge will have approximately 8 million tonnes of polyolefin capacity.
Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals, including melamine, phenol, acetone, ethylene and propylene servicing a wide range of industries. Together with Borouge the two companies will produce approximately 6 million tonnes of Base Chemicals in 2014.
Borealis also creates real value for the agricultural industry with a large portfolio of fertilizers. The company distributes approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year. This volume will increase to around 5 million tonnes by the end of 2014.
Borealis and Borouge aim to proactively benefit society by taking on real societal challenges and offering real solutions. Both companies are committed to the principles of Responsible Care®, an initiative to improve safety performance within the chemical industry, and contribute to solve the world's water and sanitation challenges through product innovation and their Water for the World™ programme.
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