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Borealis signs deal with Swiss Axpo for green electricity to boost the share of renewable energy used in its Belgian operations

September 10/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis is continuing to significantly boost the share of renewable energy used in its Belgian operations with the signing of a nine-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Axpo, Switzerlands largest producer of renewable energy and an international leader in energy trading and the marketing of solar and wind power, as per the company's press release.

Under the agreement announced today, Axpo will supply Borealis with green electricity generated by two Belgian wind farms.

The PPA covers the entire output of two wind farms located in Hannut and Beaumont which are part of the portfolio managed by Axpo in Belgium, and includes the annual purchase and supply of up to 100,000 MWh of wind power to Borealis over the next nine years. Delivery will begin in January 2022.

With the signing of the contract, both companies are making a significant next step in the energy transition. By increasing the share of renewable power in its overall energy consumption at its Belgian production facilities, Borealis moves another step closer to sourcing at least 50% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources for its Polyolefins and Hydrocarbons & Energy business areas. The renewable electricity generated within the framework of the PPA with Axpo will reduce Borealis indirect carbon dioxide emissions at its Belgian operations by approximately 20,000 ton/year.

Thanks to this agreement with Axpo, Borealis is moving again closer to achieving its ambitious Energy & Climate targets, says Wolfram Krenn, Borealis Executive Vice President Base Chemicals and Operations. Our target of sourcing 50% of renewable electricity for our operations by 2030 has become yet another step more tangible. We are proud to have signed this PPA with Axpo as strong partnerships will enable a carbon-neutral future. This is how we re-invent for more sustainable living.

As MRC reported earlier, in April 2021, Borealis commenced a new project to secure an increased supply of chemically recycled feedstock for the production of more circular base chemicals and polyolefin-based products. A feasibility study for a chemical recycling unit to be established at the Borealis production location in Stenungsund, Sweden, is now underway.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report,Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,500 and operates in over 120 countries. In 2020, Borealis generated EUR 6.8 billion in sales revenue and a net profit of EUR 589 million. OMV, the Austria-based international oil and gas company, owns 75% of Borealis, while the remaining 25% is owned by a holding company of the Abu-Dhabi based Mubadala.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, recikling, Borealis, Belgium, Sweden.
Category:General News
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