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Borealis to Present PE-based Wirings & Cable Solutions for Wind Farms at Jicable 2011

SpecialChem / Jun 3, 2011

Pioneering cabling advances to support growing electricity demand and the trend towards alternative generation will be unveiled by Borealis and Borouge at the Jicable 2011 conference held from June 20-23 in Versailles, France. Borealis and Borouge, one of the world's leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the wire and cable industry, will present a range of step-change technological innovations, focused in particular on supporting the transmission and distribution of renewable energy. Highlights include lower conductivity material allowing higher voltages for high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables, and flame retardant (FR) jacketing for safer use of extra-high voltage (EHV) / high voltage (HV) cables in tunnels.

Borealis and Borouge's insulation and cabling jacketing solutions are at the forefront of the demanding HV and EHV cable sectors. They are the main suppliers of all EHV/HV cables installed around the world.

Within the renewable energy industry, Borealis and Borouge are the main material suppliers for all high voltage alternating current (HVAC) cables used in submarine networks for wind farms. They are also the only material supplier for HVDC cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables suitable for long-distance connection of offshore wind farms.

Borealis' recent EUR 400 million investments in a new 350 kt/year high pressure low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, and expansion by its joint venture partner Borouge of Borstar® production in the Middle East reinforce Borealis and Borouge's long-term commitment to the industry.

"Step-change solutions and next-generation materials that respond directly to the market's need for production, installation and cable system lifetime enhancements demonstrate Borealis and Borouge's active support for sustainability within the energy industry. We believe such investments are vital to manage the market's need to upgrade existing infrastructure and move towards greener energy sources, to meet increasing demand and future objectives within the European Union and beyond," comments Marc Hubert, Borealis Vice President of Business Unit Wire & Cable.

About Borealis and Borouge

Borealis is one of the leading providers of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 6.3 billion in 2010, customers in over 120 countries, and 5,100 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.

Building on Borealis' unique Borstar® technology and their experience in polyolefins of more than 50 years, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and plant nutrients to phenol and acetone.

Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year of which 26% are the result of a recently completed capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. An additional 2.5 million tonnes per year is scheduled for completion by mid-2014, creating the world's largest integrated polyolefins plant. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, around the world, can always rely on superior products and security of supply.

Source: Borealis


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