Borouge 4 mega-project sees steady progress

'Made In UAE' equipment being installed at Borouge 4. (Image source: Borouge)

Petrochemicals

Borouge, a petrochemical company that provides innovative and differentiated polyolefin solutions, has announced that the Borouge 4 mega-project is more than 50% complete 

During a recent visit to the site by Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, ADNOC managing director and group CEO, and chairman of Borouge, he witnessed the construction progress, including the installation of the prominent UAE-built Borstar gas phase reactor.

The project, being built by Borouge on behalf of the project’s owners, ADNOC and Borealis, will boost Borouge’s production capacity by nearly a third. It continues to progress as scheduled and remains on track to be completed by the end of 2025. Upon completion, the project will be transferred to Borouge from its majority shareholders, ADNOC and Borealis.

Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, CEO of Borouge Plc, commented, “This project is of significant importance to both Borouge and the development of the UAE’s industrial sector. The project, which is over halfway completed, will not only boost our production capacity, and mark our facilities at Al Ruwais Industrial City in Al Dhannah as the largest single-site polyolefin complex but also enhance our ability to deliver product innovation and value to customers across the high-growth markets we serve. As one of the UAE’s largest industrial projects, it is already delivering significant economic impact, with considerable orders placed with UAE manufacturers and a strong target ICV score. As Borouge plays its part in driving ‘Make it in the Emirates’, the project has emerged as a pivotal catalyst for the UAE’s industrial growth, while also supporting the nation’s initiatives towards decarbonisation and energy efficiency.”

Sultan Zaid Al Shehhi, Borouge 4 project director, added, “A project of this scale speaks to the strength of the UAE’s industrial sector and Borouge’s ability to collaborate with partners across the value chain. We have worked closely with manufacturers and suppliers, both large and small, from across the UAE, to boost ICV and fast-track the delivery of this strategic growth project. The project, which will require more than 100 mn manhours to deliver, remains on track to be completed by the end of 2025 – a testament to Borouge’s excellence in execution capabilities. Moreover, with more than 20,000 people on site at peak time, we have maintained our resolute focus on health and safety without compromising on quality of execution and speed of delivery thanks to the collective efforts of the Borouge project team and its contractors.”

Spanning an area of over 3.4 mn sq m – equivalent to 500 football pitches – with over 7,500 kms of cables to be laid, 340,000 cu/m of concrete and 77,500 tonnes of structural steel to be used, the project has made strong progress since its groundbreaking in early 2022. The electrical cables powering the plant, and the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping used are directly sourced and manufactured from Borouge’s polyethylene material, which is entirely produced in the UAE.