Borouge, a leading provider of plastics solutions, has awarded The Linde Group with a contract to build an ethane cracker at its production site in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Borouge is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions.

Under the $1.075bn contract, The Linde Group will build another 1.5 million tonnes per year (tpy) ethane cracker for Borouge, adding to the two existing units it has already installed for the company.

Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) said, $quot;The awarding of this contract confirms Borouge's commitment to the Borouge 3 project, a major expansion of our production facility in Ruwais, which will increase the total capacity of the plant to 4.5 million tonnes of polyolefins annually by the end of 2013.$quot;

“In addition to the ethane cracker, the expansion includes the construction of second generation Borstar® polypropylene and polyethylene units, a low density polyethylene unit and a Butene unit, as well as related off-site utilities and marine facilities.$quot;

Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG commented, $quot;Nowhere else in the world has a petrochemical company installed so much olefins capacity in such a short time as Borouge is currently doing in Abu Dhabi.$quot;

$quot;We at Linde Engineering are proud to be the supplier of ethylene technology for the Ruwais complex. Our relationship with ADNOC, enriched by our gases joint venture 'Elixier', and Borealis is now stronger than ever, thus making The Linde Group the leading gases and engineering company in the Middle East.$quot;

The contract will be executed on a 'lump sum turnkey' basis whereby the construction work will be executed by the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).

The new cracker complements the 600,000 tpy and 1.5 million tpy ethane crackers already in place in Abu Dhabi, the latter of which is currently under construction as part of the plant's expansion from 600,000 to 2m tpy of polyolefins by mid-2010, and ultimately 4.5m tons of polyolefins annually by 2013.

After completion of the new cracker, Borouge will have the world's largest ethane cracker complex, setting a new benchmark for the industry.