Borouge and Borealis are showcasing their latest portfolio of innovative solutions for the energy sector, including leading edge applications for the renewable energy, transmission, distribution and fibre optic sectors at Wire China 2020.
Responding to the market trend of utility companies seeking more compact power cable solutions, Borouge and Borealis have designed cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) solutions not only for defined voltages, but also to perform under heavy operating stresses.
High Voltage Solutions by Borouge
Borlink™ LS4201H for high voltage applications, first produced in Borouge’s state-of-the-art XLPE plant in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2017, has become well-established over the past three years in low stress HV applications with rated voltage up to 161kV.
Borouge is now introducing Borlink™ LS4201S intended for power cable applications in high stress of HV applications with rated voltage up to 230kV. Borlink™ LS4201S is produced under utmost cleanliness conditions, and is able to perform at a maximum operating stress of 10kV/mm, while offering XLPE cable producers the benefits of design flexibility, superior scorch security and reliability for long production campaigns, and varying cleanliness specifications as required.
With significantly improved scorch safety that lowers the risk of insulation defects and reduced degassing time, cable manufacturers can look to gain optimised production cycles and running times with improved overall safety and reliability.
Borlink™ LS4201S has successfully completed a type test in accordance with IEC62067 international standards and is at advanced stage of prequalification test by DNV-GL KEMA with expected test completion within 2020.
Supporting offshore XLPE applications
With over 50 years of proven experience in XLPE and semi-conductive compound development, including a 15-year track record in low-scorch HV XLPE technology, Borouge and Borealis are well-placed to serve the fast-growing offshore energy cable market.
Borlink™ Supercure technology is ideal for complex applications such as offshore wind power and submarine cables as it supports lifetime durability and reliability in cables given the high levels of cleanliness within the insulation compound. This enables the production of extensive cable lengths without factory joints, driving ease of installation with reduced risk of failure. To guarantee their absolute cleanliness, all Borlink™ Supercure insulations are produced and packed on specifically designed lines.
Borlink™ Supercure technology has been selected for Zhejiang Province’s Zhoushan 500kV Submarine Cable Project, involving the construction and laying of the world’s longest low scorch 500kV submarine cable connecting Zhoushan City to Ningbo City, providing clean energy and increasing power supply to the Zhoushan Archipelago New Area.
This project was also a watershed for Chinese submarine cable makers Hengtong, Zhongtian Technology Submarine (ZTT) and Ningbo Orient as it was the first time that 500kV submarine cables were made domestically. All three cable makers selected Borlink™ LS4201EHV and LE0500 by Borouge and Borealis to produce the cables, with a record 18.15km of continuous cable length without joints being produced.
“Global subsea cable producers choose Borealis and Borouge as they trust our high quality solutions,” said Bart Verheule, Head of Marketing - Energy at Borealis. “Borlink™ technology is also being used in the world’s first 525kV XLPE HVDC 2GW power transmission lines qualified for the tender of the German corridor infrastructure projects which will transport renewable energy from wind farms off the north coast of Germany to southern areas of the country, contributing to decarbonisation and a greener future.”
Laying the foundation for 5G technology
China’s mobile operators continue to lead the world in deploying 5G technology and building 5G networks to connect people and businesses across the country’s major cities. Fibre optic cables are critical to enabling 5G smart networks and the Internet of Things, and demand for this application is expected to grow exponentially as the new technology wave grows across China and other parts of the world, transforming the way in which people live and work.
Borouge and Borealis offer a broad range of fibre optic jacketing grades with high-end products based on Borstar® technology for linear low, medium and high density polyethylenes, where we have both black and UV-protected natural versions, all combining great stress cracking performance with easy processability.
“As a reliable partner to the wire and cable industry, Borouge aims to provide outstanding value and create competitive advantage for our customers and partners”, said Jong William, Vice President for Energy at Borouge. “We are committed to investing in research and development and continuously expanding our portfolio of tailored solutions that meet the sustainable energy needs of the future.”
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About Borealis and Borouge
A joint venture between ADNOC and Borealis, Borouge is a leading petrochemicals company that provides innovative plastics solutions for the energy, infrastructure, mobility, packaging, healthcare and agriculture industries. With 4.5 million tonnes of annual capacity, Borouge has the world’s largest integrated polyolefin complex, with the ambition to continue expanding its capacity.
Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With its head office in Vienna, Austria, the company currently has around 6,900 employees and operates in over 120 countries. Borealis generated EUR 8,1 billion in sales revenue and a net profit of EUR 872 million in 2019. Mubadala, through its holding company, owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% belonging to Austria-based OMV, an integrated, international oil and gas company. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Borealis and Borouge aim to proactively benefit society by taking on real societal challenges and offering real solutions. Both companies are committed to the principles of Responsible Care®, an initiative to improve safety performance within the chemical industry, and work to solve the world’s water and sanitation challenges through product innovation and their Water for the World programme.
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