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Borouge demonstrates its contribution to infrastructure development in China with innovative plastics solutions


Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions strengthened its leading position in the global market by showcasing its commitment to Value Creation through Innovation at Water Expo China, the only exhibition in China that is approved by China's Ministry of Commerce and sponsored by the Ministry of Water Resources in the industry of China, from October 13 – 15, 2011.


Borouge stand at Water Expo China


A range of polypropylene materials manufactured at its new plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE were introduced during the exhibition. These materials have been specifically developed for the manufacture of non-pressure pipes used in gravity sewage and drainage applications for both infrastructure and industry. The light weight pipes produced from these materials are easy to handle and install, and they provide a long maintenance free life being resistant to the corrosion and cracking that occurs in rigid concrete and asbestos cement pipes.


Included in the range is BorECO™BA212E, which is a high modulus PP block copolymer grade (PP-HM), which can be used to produce solid wall or structured wall non pressure pipes and large diameter spiral wound pipes for industrial sea intakes, outfalls and large diameter sewage systems. The latest example of the latter is in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East, where local pipe producer Union Pipe Industries is using the Bauku spiral wound technology to produce a 3 metre diameter PP pipeline for a local refinery project. This is the first pipeline of its kind to be produced in the Middle East and has been pioneered by Borouge in close cooperation with the system owner, consultants and customer.


In China, Borouge customer and leading pipe producer Shanghai ERA is using BorECO™BA212E to produce large diameter twin walled non pressure pipes and an example of their 800mm diameter pipe will be displayed on the Borouge stand during Water Expo China.


Borouge also introduced its new high stress crack resistant (HSCR) PE100 material at Water Expo China, which is a polyethylene pressure pipe grade specifically designed for difficult installation conditions.


With increasing urbanisation and continued economic growth, China is struggling to upgrade its infrastructure while the utility companies are keen to adopt new solutions that speed up pipeline renovations and installations and still provide a long maintenance free service lifetime. Therefore increasingly utility companies are turning to “No-Dig” technology to renovate their old leaking pipelines or install new ones because this technology saves considerable cost and reduces the disruption to the community.


However, using some of these techniques such as insertion or directional drilling may cause damage or scores to the surface of the polyethylene (PE) pipe which can develop into cracks and lead to premature failure of the pipeline. In order to overcome this problem, Borouge developed their new HSCR PE100 polymer BorSafe™HE3490-LS-H.


"This material provides a much higher resistance to crack growth than the standard PE100 materials. For example, in notched pipe tests, pipes produced from HSCR materials outperform standard PE100 pipes by more than an order of magnitude.” said Cindy Wang, Application Marketing Manager of Borouge.


PE 100 pipes made from BorSafe™ HE3490-LS-H were successfully used in the provision of a new water supply pipeline to the joint China – Singapore Eco City in Tianjin. During the construction of the city additional water was required but the new source that the Tianjin TEDA Water Company had identified lay on the far side of the Ji Canal. They wanted to use a PE100 pipeline for speed but they were concerned about any surface damage to the pipe that could be caused by the horizontal directional drilling installation process under the canal. Ultimately they used pipe made from BorSafe™ HE3490-LS-H for the river crossing section to ensure that any damage incurred would not reduce the lifetime of the pipeline.  


Borouge is a major provider of innovative plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. Borouge leads the market with polyolefin pipe solutions for gas and drinking water distribution and for industrial applications and domestic heating and cooling systems. It is specialised in providing complete pipeline protection solutions for on-shore and off-shore oil and gas transportation pipelines. Borouge shapes the polyolefin pipe industry with education and promotion of the benefits of high quality products and standards throughout the value chain.




For further information, please contact:

Craig Halgreen, Vice President, Global Communications, Borouge
Tel.  +971 2 6070807, Email:

Maggie Chen, Communications Manager, Borouge

Tel.  +86 21 6137 6805, Email:



About Borouge

Borouge is a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. A joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, and Austria based Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, Borouge is a groundbreaking international partnership at the forefront of the next generation of plastics innovation.

Borouge has its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, employs approximately 1,600 people representing more than 40 nationalities and serves customers in more than 50 countries across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Indian sub-continent and Africa.

Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and experience in polyolefins for more than 50 years, Borouge provides innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems, and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets.

In 2010 Borouge tripled its annual production capacity in Abu Dhabi to 2 million tonnes and an additional 2.5 million tonnes per year is scheduled for completion by the mid of 2014 to create the world’s largest integrated polyolefins plant. Borouge is also investing in plants and logistics hubs in Asia and an Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi. Today Borouge and Borealis manufacture over 5.4 million tonnes of polyethylene and polypropylene annually. Focused on Value Creation through Innovation they ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, around the world, can always rely on superior products and security of supply.

Borouge is committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and together with Borealis proactively contributes towards addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ initiative.


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