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3/8/2006
Borouge is now an official member of the PE100+ Association, an industry organisation comprising polyethylene (PE) manufacturers, of which Borealis, Borouge’s parent company, is also a member.

Borouge joins PE100+ Association with qualification of pipe grade Borstar® HE3490-LS

Borouge is now an official member of the PE100+ Association, an industry organisation comprising polyethylene (PE) manufacturers, of which Borealis, Borouge’s parent company, is also a member. Borouge’s Borstar® HE3490-LS (black) pipe grade, manufactured in Ruwais (UAE) passed the second round of testing required to join the “PE100+ Quality materials” list.

Established in 1999, the PE100+ Association’s main objective is to guarantee consistent quality at the highest level in the production and use of PE100 pipe materials. The Association has an Advisory Committee comprising representatives from the gas and water industries, pipe and fitting manufacturers and contractors. Although their main roles are market guidance and feedback, the committee helps ensure that industry requirements are fulfilled.

The Association issues the list of high performance grades on a regular basis through the monitoring of the most critical properties mainly the Creep Rupture Strength, Stress Crack Resistance and Resistance to Rapid Crack Propagation. The qualification procedure involves two rounds of stringent testing, with a “batch list” of pipes submitted to Gastec, the administrator, for selection. Reconfirming tests are conducted every seven months. The pipes undergo a pipe notch, internal pressure and S4 tests.

Joining the PE100+ Association will enable Borouge to achieve step changes in many countries. Seminars will be organised on behalf of the PE100+ Association in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Borouge believes that over time, the technical requirements of PE100+ Association will become the reference standards in many countries where local standards and project specifications are outdated.

Borouge has been manufacturing its PE100 material at its Ruwais complex (200 kilometres from Abu Dhabi city, UAE) since 2003 using Borstar technology. The production unit has a capacity of 320 kilotonnes a year. This qualification demonstrates the excellent capability of the Borstar process for the most stringent application in the Pipe segment.

For more information on the PE100+ Association, please visit: www.pe100plus.net.

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