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First delivery of naphtha to new Finland cavern

IOM3 Content Cafe
22 Oct 2020
Naptha pipe installation in shaft

Borealis’ new facility allows for naphtha delivery by marine vessel and rail while supporting production of renewable polyolefins.

The naphtha cavern in Porvoo, Finland, has been safely commissioned, with the 80,000 m3 facility, enabling sourcing and storage of naphtha in a more flexible, cost-efficient, and secure way. The cavern can also accommodate renewable naphtha, making it possible to trace and supply certified renewable polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), as well as renewable base chemicals, ethylene, propylene and phenol.

Located 90 meters below ground, the facility can accept deliveries from large marine vessels (up to 35 kilotons) in addition to rail. The new Porvoo cavern has also been built to accommodate the storage of renewable naphtha, thus enabling Borealis to produce renewable base chemicals and polymers certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC Plus) Scheme.

Naphtha is used in the petrochemical industry to produce olefins in steam crackers. Borealis sources feedstock such as naphtha, butane, propane and ethane from the oil and gas industry, as well as renewable feedstock from the market, and converts these into ethylene and propylene through its olefin units. Its flexible steam cracker in Porvoo produces both ethylene and propylene.