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Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, honoured three Emirati students from Abu Dhabi for participating in the “2012 Chemistry Olympiad”, a worldwide chemistry competition held by all French schools across the world. The three Grade 12 male Emirati students are studying at the Abu Dhabi-based Al Ittihad Model School which follows a customized Lycée Louis le Grand (LLG) French curriculum in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, but in English.


Benefiting from a special dispensation for Abu Dhabi non-French schools to participate were Khaleefa Ali Mohammad Hasan Al Besher, Abdulla Ali Saleh Husain Bin Braik Al Braik and Mohamed Abdulla Mohsin A. Al Tamimi.


This is the first time for students from the United Arab Emirates to participate in the qualifying examination for the 2012 French National Chemistry Oympiad. It is an annual exam which involves 120 competitors drawn from French-language schools outside of France, including Spain, Belgium, Colombia, USA, Congo, Haiti and Madagascar.


The objective of this initiative is to encourage students to engage in graduate science studies and develop an interest in Chemistry with special emphasis on major technical inputs, risks, safety of devices and products and their impact on the environment. This year’s exam focused on “Chemistry and Water”.


“It makes us proud to see our Emirati students competing internationally,” said Younis Asad Vice President Human Capabilities at ِAbu Dhabi Polymers Co. Ltd. (Borouge) during the awards ceremony which was held following the students’ arrival back from Paris, France. “It is in line with our social responsibility to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our Emirati students who excelled in Chemistry and its relation to water, a topic that needs to be seriously addressed and considered in our country which is witnessing a boom in chemicals and petrochemicals industries.”


The students received various practical training sessions focusing on “Chemistry and Water” with subjects such as desalination of sea water, water pollution, water saving and reuse, ions in water and others.


Jean-Christophe Leard, a professor of chemistry and physics who helped to train the students, said the French National Chemistry Olympiad is an educational competition organized by the Chemical Industries Union (UIC) in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and the National Education and Research. “Around 2,080 candidates across France have been prepared to this competition, and more than 300 students from French schools abroad, representing 19 countries, were also competing.”


He pointed out that the students have well prepared for the competition as their interest in chemistry combined with their efforts and serious behaviour led them to reach a very good level and to obtain an honourable rank among the 300 competing students. The two top students from across the French schools abroad known as (AEFE schools) will go to Paris to compete against the best French students for the national contest taking part at the French LLG School in Paris. The two finalists will win prize-money, vouchers, computers, medals of appreciation and a diploma. This diploma will be granted to the top three finalists to study at the “Academia de Sciences”. 


Younis Asad Vice President Human Capabilities, Ahmed Al Mehairi Business Development Manager and Adel Al Fahim Regional Communications Manager MEA at Borouge presented gifts on behalf of Borouge to the three students honouring their significant achievements. Antoine Grund Deputy Director of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and Gabriel Nader Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) Liaison Officer to the LLG project, also attended the awarding ceremony.


Borouge was established in 1998 as a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Austria based Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions. It is a groundbreaking international partnership at the forefront of the next generation of plastics innovation.



Borouge representatives in a group photo with the three honoured Emirati students, along with the principal and teaching staff of the Al Ittihad Model School in Abu Dhabi.  











For further information, please contact:

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

Adel Al Fahim, Regional Communications Manager, Borouge

Tel. +9712 6070805,



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.


With its base in the United Arab Emirates and Marketing & Sales head office in Singapore, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people representing more than 40 nationalities and serving 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 infrastructure (pipe systems, and power and communication cables), automotives and advanced packaging.


In 2010 Borouge tripled its annual production capacity in Abu Dhabi to 2 million tonnes and together with Borealis has an annual manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyethylene and polypropylene. The current Borouge 3 expansion project will be completed at the end of 2013 resulting in an additional capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational by mid-2014. Borouge is also investing in plants and logistics hubs in Asia and an Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi. Focused on our company mission, Value Creation through Innovation, we ensure that our 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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