World's Largest Polymer Park Changing Face of Plastics Conversion

photo: Arabianoilandgas.com

With up to 15 million tonnes of new polymer capacity coming on stream in the GCC region from highly integrated and effficient plants, the obvious next step was to improve the integration of these plants with the downstream convertors. The new Abu Dhabi Polymers Park is a huge step in achieving that goal.

The park, developed by the Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (ADBIC), a state owned organisation, will cost some €3.5 billion to complete and once fully operational, will consume up to 2 million tonnes per year of polymers (mostly PE, PP, PVC and Polyester).

The park's developers have given considerable thought to the design of the cluster and have come up with a very well structured package. The park will have purpose designed logistics facilities, a nearby deep-sea container port, flexible supply chain and technical service capabilities and competitively priced utility and land costs. Unlike existing clusters, the concept has been carefully designed from the outset, rather than evolving out of large corporate supersites, as was the case with many of the European clusters.

So with leveraged procurement, high quality logistics, on-site technical support capability and competitive land and utility costs, it sounds pretty good. Add to that a growing local market and zero tax on company and private income and you have an irresistible opportunity.

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