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Borouge and Borealis, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the wire and cable industry, showcased their recently launched Borlink™ LS4258DCE, a step-change innovative grade for high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables, at the Wire China 2014 in Shanghai, China, from 24-27 September 2014.
The power transmission and distribution industry is continuously looking for cables with higher power transmission capacity at high voltage levels. The next generation HVDC insulation compound, Borlink LS4258DCE, together with the HVDC semi-conductive, Borlink LE0550DC, addresses this trend by enabling the use of extruded cable technology at voltage and power transmission levels where traditionally only paper cables could be used. According to the Cigré recommendation 496, a successful type test qualification of an extruded cable system based on Borlink LS4258DCE and Borlink LE0550DC has been achieved at a voltage level of 525kV. This exceptional performance is made possible due to the unique production process of the compound, providing a high level of both chemical and physical cleanliness.
Borlink LS4258DCE is an unfilled cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) compound based on the enhanced base resin technology Supercure. The technology allows higher cable production efficiencies by shortening the cable production cycle via significantly reduced degassing time and improved scorch performance.
This major HVDC innovation, supported by a unique 15-year track record of proven operational excellence and industry leadership in extruded HVDC materials, will support the further integration of various types of renewable energy into grids and the establishment of more interconnections among countries in major infrastructure projects around the world.
At this Wire China exhibition, Borouge and Borealis highlighted their innovative plastics solutions for the cable making industry, offering the best-value-for-money solutions of consistent high quality:
  • Borlink LE4212, Borouge and Borealis Water Tree Retardant (WTR) insulation solutions for medium voltage cables significantly improve the long term reliability of cables.
  • Visico™ LE4423 and Ambicat™ LE4476, Borouge and Borealis’ solutions for low voltage cables, significantly reduce cable production complexity via superior scorch performance and fast, ambient curing.
Borouge’s new 350,000 t/y  low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, which is an important part of the Borouge 3 expansion project in Abu Dhabi, will be an integral addition to the recently inaugurated Borealis’ high pressure LDPE plant, dedicated to the production of highly specialised and super clean products for the wire and cable industry. Borouge’s new LDPE production plant is tailored to manufacture unique Visico™ and Borlink™ XLPE solutions for the global wire and cable market, thereby applying the same technology and quality standards applied by Borealis.
"Borouge's role as a leading, global innovator that is truly committed to the wire and cable industry will be further enhanced by this step-change capacity expansion, supporting the future growth of the industry," said Roland Janssen, Borouge’s Vice President Marketing Centre Wire & Cable."In line with our goal in Bringing energy all around, we will continue to cooperate with partners and customers across the value chain to deliver tangible benefits not only for the wire and cable industry, but for the society as a whole."
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