Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. (Borouge) has started the tendering process for its planned melamine plant at Ruwais by inviting companies to prequalify for the contract to upgrade the existing front-end engineering and design (FEED). Melamine is primarily used to create melamine resin, which is then used to produce houseware products such as plates, fabrics and flame retardants.
Almost 20 companies have been invited to submit applications for the contract, which covers the update of the FEED originally carried out by Milan-based Eurotecnica. The plant will have a capacity of about 80,000 tpa and will use urea as feedstock from the Ruwais Fertiliser Industries (Fertil) expansion. Melamine production technology will be supplied by Austria's AMI Agrolinz Melamine. Commissioning will take place once the Borouge olefins expansion comes onstream in 2010.