Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, demonstrated its significant contribution to meet the global demand for ethylene solutions when participated as a golden sponsor at the Ethylene Middle East Technology Conference (EMET) held in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 19-21 October 2014.
Organised under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance, Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the EMET conference provided Borouge with an opportunity to showcase the vital role it plays in the plastics industry through producing a wide, differentiated range of polyolefins (High Density Polyethylene, Linear Low Density Polyethylene, Low Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene). Focusing on “Meeting technical challenges in the ethylene industry through efficient & sustainable technology”, the technical conference was an important platform for Borouge to underline its leading position as a global provider of innovative plastics solutions to an increasing range of customers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
During the EMET event, Borouge highlighted its role in supporting and developing the petrochemical industry in the UAE and its outstanding position in providing innovative and sustainable polyethylene and polypropylene based solutions for infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging applications.
“We have three operational ethane crackers using the Linde technology, two of them are world sized crackers producing each 1.5 million tonnes of ethylene per year,” said Philippe Roodhooft, Borouge’s Chief Operating Officer. “With the third ethane cracker ramped up along with all other related operational units, Borouge will be producing a total of 4.5 million tonnes of polyolefins per year.”
Roodhooft pointed out that the complex in Ruwais only has state-of-the-art polyolefin plants and ethane crackers that are able to set a benchmark in energy consumption and cost effectiveness.
He noted that with the development of shale gas there will be more companies using ethane as feedstock to produce polyolefins, this will definitely further change the petrochemical landscape. Borouge is part of an integrated petrochemical complex in Ruwais with the existence of refineries and other gas segregation companies on the same site in Ruwais. “Together we will find new opportunities to grow and further match the supply with the growing polyolefins market demand.”
The EMET conference brought together key ethylene producers, professionals and experts who networked to discuss ways to develop their technical knowledge and optimise their position in the fast evolving ethylene Industry by increased operational efficiency, sustainability and excellence. The participants shared their best practices, innovative ideas and strategies for reducing costs, maximising return and value creation on issues related to planning, design, operation and maintenance.
Borouge was represented at EMET 2014 by Abdulla Ateya, Senior vice President Technical, in addition to Ibrahim AlZaabi, Borouge’s Vice President Olefins, who was one of the EMET’s Advisory Committee, as well as Ahmed Khamis Al Mehrezi, Ethylene Unit Operations Manager, who also took part as a member of the Technical Committee.
H.E Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance, Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain (first row, third from left), visiting the Borouge stand at the Ethylene Middle East Technology Conference in Bahrain. Abdulla Ateya, Senior vice President Technical at Borouge (first row, second from left) is also seen with the Borouge team.