Borealis AS has begun an engineering study for expansion by as much as 25% the capacity of the ethylene and propylene cracker at its Porvoo complex east of Helsinki. A Borealis official said production of polyolefins rose 10% during 1994 via use of a production unit that had been idle for years. Also, a 120,000 metric ton/year, grassroots polyethylene plant is to go on stream at Porvoo by the end of the year. The official said those factors created a gap in Borealis' ethylene balance, giving the company a choice of expanding its ethylene production or buying feedstock. Borealis is said to be "fairly ...

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