Visitors to Middle East Electricity Exhibition 2011 in Dubai experienced first-hand why wire and cable manufacturers across the globe are choosing advanced insulation, semi-conductive and jacketing materials from Borouge and Borealis, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions to the global wire and cable industry.
Borouge and Borealis commit to the increasing global demand for XLPE through their current and future investments. Borealis’ high pressure LDPE (low density polyethylene) plant in Sweden was officially inaugurated in June 2010 and a similar plant producing 350,000 tonnes of LDPE per year will be built in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Borouge 3 expansion project. This investment in LDPE production planned by mid of 2014 spearheads Borouge’s ability to also manufacture innovative XLPE solutions for the global wire and cable market.
Innovative plastics solutions used for major Abu Dhabi project
Borouge and Borealis will provide polymers to Prysmian, a worldwide leading player in the energy and telecommunications cables industry, for the extra high voltage power cables to be manufactured for the Bahia and Saadiyat Grid in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This is a 400 kV power extra high voltage transmission turnkey project being developed by the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company (TRANSCO) as part of the significant infrastructure development within the city.
TRANSCO Abu Dhabi has appointed Prysmian Cables and Systems for the execution of the project at an estimated cost of € 250 million (approx 1.15 billion AED). The 230 Km cable length for this project will be manufactured by Prysmian with the aid of Borouge and Borealis’ materials, which address the project’s critical demands for reliable, consistent and long-term performance.
The cables for the project will be taken underground with the Superclean™ insulation and Supersmooth™ semi conductive compound from Borealis that will replace the existing overhead lines resulting in a significantly lower environmental impact. These highly advanced plastics solutions are manufactured by Borealis in Europe and distributed by Borouge in the United Arab Emirates.
The new power link is of critical importance for Abu Dhabi’s power transmission system as it will connect the Bahia and Saadiyat Grid Stations with some of the most prestigious infrastructure and real estate development areas including Yas Island, the location of the new F1 racing track and the Saadiyat Island’s Abu Dhabi Cultural District that will also host global iconic museums like the Louvre and Guggenheim.
Superclean cable materials are manufactured using advanced procedures to ensure they are free from contamination and that their cleanliness is maintained to the point of delivery. The performance of these insulation materials is complemented when used in conjunction with Supersmooth for the semiconductive layers of XLPE cable and with a Borstar® grade for the jacketing. That ensures better friction resistance to be pulled into the ducts, lower shrinkage and excellent ESCR also in sea water.
“Cable durability is especially important for those customers serving the high voltage cable market where the need for cables that deliver consistent, high performance under extreme electrical stresses is crucial, ” comments Michael Bjorn, Borouge’s Vice President for Wire and Cable. “Also, we are excited about the addition of XLPE production capacity at our polyolefins plant in the Middle East which will allow us to satisfy even more the growing global customer demand for wire and cable products.”
For further information please contact:
Borouge: Craig Halgreen, Vice President, Global Communications
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
P: +971 2 6070807 / E: craig.halgreen[.]borouge.com.
Borouge and Borealis Business Unit Wire & Cable
Borouge and Borealis are the world’s leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the wire and cable industry. Our solutions are customer-driven and designed to satisfy the industry’s continuously evolving demands for higher technical performance. They can be found in the most challenging extra-high voltage (EHV) and high voltage (HV) cable applications, as well as medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) energy transmission and distribution cables, building wires, and communications cables. In answer to the need for production, installation and cable-system lifetime enhancements, we create the innovation links that secure world-class, step-changing solutions and benefit the whole wire and cable value chain.
About Borouge and Borealis
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 4.7 billion in 2009, customers in over 120 countries, and 5,200 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas. Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,400 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on the unique Borstar® technology and their experience in polyolefins for more than 50 years, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and plant nutrients to phenol and acetone.
Today Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year. Borouge is currently tripling its polyolefins manufacturing capacity to 2 million tonnes per year (t/y) by mid-2010 and an additional 2.5 million t/y is scheduled for 2013. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, across the globe, can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge (borouge.com) and Borealis (borealisgroup.com) are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ (waterfortheworld.net) initiative.
Superclean™ and Supersmooth™ are trademarks of the Borealis group.