Borealis awards work to Jacobs for polyethylene expansion in Sweden

Jacobs Engineering Group received a contract from Borealis to provide engineering, procurement, project management and construction management services for a project to increase cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) capacity at its manufacturing site in Stenungsund, Sweden.

Company officials did not disclose the contract value.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is working to debottleneck an existing XLPE compounding and soaking train and increase the intermediate storage capacity of the XLPE base resin in the upstream polymerization plant. 

The scope of work involves installation of new silos and conversion of film silos, as well as installation of conveying systems.

“We are pleased to continue to support Borealis in its mission to provide high-quality products that create value for society," said Jacobs vice president Mark Bello. "Because we perform a portfolio of other projects for them, we are able to leverage our experience with their XLPE technology and their Stenungsund cracker plant and maximize the value we can provide on this project.”

Borealis’ proprietary XLPE technology creates plastic of a high level of purity.

Borealis’ Stenungsund facilities include a PE plant, a cracker for ethylene and propylene production, and an innovation center focused on research and development for infrastructure markets.

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