Three firms to submit bids for Abu
Dhabi cracker job
by Construction Week News Team
Contractors Linde, Shaw Group and Snamprogetti will submit bids this
weekend for the construction of a new ethylene cracker in Abu Dhabi
for plastics manufacturing giant, Borouge.
It forms part of the multi-billion dollar Borouge Two expansion of
the company’s Ruwais facility in the emirate.
Borouge Two is one of the world’s largest plastics projects and is a
key part of Borouge’s strategy for growth, tripling its production
capacity and consolidating its position in markets throughout the
Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa.
The project comprises an ethane cracker that will produce 1.4
million tonnes of ethylene per annum, and the world’s biggest
olefins conversion unit, capable of producing 752 kilotonnes per
annum. It will be located next to Borouge’s existing petrochemical
complex in Ruwais.
Borouge has also invited expressions of interest for a distribution
and storage operations hub in South-East Asia; a distribution and
storage operations hub in the UAE; two distribution and storage
operations hubs in North East Asia; container and product handling
in Ruwais, UAE; and for global shipping between hubs in the Middle
East, North East Asia and South East Asia, including ports of
Chief executive, Hubert Puchner, said: “Together, these facilities
will put in place the integrated, flexible and competitive supply
chain needed to support Borouge’s expanded market positions and
broader product portfolio.”
For the olefins conversion unit package of Borouge Two, Borouge has
also commenced the pre-qualification process with selected potential
For the utilities and offsite package, invitations to bidders to
provide utilities and offsite facilities have been sent to the
market with technical bids due in the second half of November 2006.
The prequalification process is already underway for the Olefins
conversion unit package.