MOSCOW (MRC) -- One of this year's ArabPlast highlights was Borouge's announcement of seven new polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) grades added to its product mix, said the company.
These grades, six of which are targeted at packaging applications and one at infrastructure applications, are in line with the company's goal to support sustainability in the petrochemicals industry.
Borouge's senior vice president for Middle East, Africa, and export Khalfan Al Muhairi said in a statement: "We are excited to launch our innovative and newly developed polyolefin solutions that provide our customers in the packaging and infrastructure sectors with unique benefits to improve their production of better end-use products, enhance cost effectiveness, support their sustainability goals and unlock new opportunities and markets for them"
Borouge has previously signed several memorandums of understanding (MoU) with recycling companies, and is currently studying the integration of a carbon capture unit to their 2025 "Borouge 4" PE plant.
These high-performance, cost-efficient polyolefin grades, come at a time during which GCC oil and petrochemicals industries are focusing on cleaner, more sustainable production and circular economy integration.
As per MRC, Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and Abu Dhabi National Oil company, plans to complete the construction of a fifth polypropylene (PP5) plant in Ruweis in 2021. The PP5 plant is under construction and will begin operations in mid-2021. This plant with a capacity of 450,000 tonnes of PP per year will be fully commissioned in 2022.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in January-September 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.