Products
Downloads
Locations / Sites
Contacts
Download list
Back to News

External power interruption in Borealis’ Schwechat plant led to complete plant shut down

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, suffered an external power interruption at its plant in Schwechat, Austria on Friday, July 18, at 5am. The shut-down was caused by problems with the external electricity line which fed the whole plant during construction work at the grid with no substitute line available.

Between 5am and 6am, the location suffered from a complete power dip. In case of a power failure the production facilities have, following general safety procedures, to evacuate all the gasses out of the units. This initially caused some heavy flaring; in total 120 tons of gas was wasted. The whole incident created, only for Borealis, losses which are estimated at EUR 1.2 million. During the last four years up to EUR 4 million losses have been underpinned by increasing electricity interruptions of the external grid.

"This is not the first time we have experienced the interruption of electricity to the plant at Schwechat", says Philippe Roodhooft, Borealis Vice President Operations Polyolefins. "In addition to the substantial losses that it incurs for us as a company, it increases CO2 emissions into the air and the noise level in the community, which concerns us enormously. We continually invest in reducing our impact on the environment and we expect the same philosophy from our suppliers."

Immediate actions on Friday morning together with the grid provider enabled the local management to start-up the plant during the weekend and today, all plants are running again.

END

For further information, please contact:

Kerstin Meckler, Borealis Group Media Relations Manager,
Tel. +43 1 22 400 389
kerstin.meckler@borealisgroup.com

Downloads
Externe Unterbrechung der Stromversorgung führte zu vollständiger Stilllegung der Borealis-Fabrik in Schwechat English, German
Media Contact
Virginia Mesicek
External Communications Manager

Latest News

Media Release – 23/03/2019

Borealis and ADNOC sign Memorandum of Understanding to explore strategic opportunities in the polyolefin industry

Read more

News – 19/03/2019

Borealis wins the 2019 Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy

Read more

News – 19/03/2019

Best polymer producers for Europe awards

Read more

News – 14/03/2019

Solar energy for Myanmar hospital thanks to Borealis Social Fund and Quentys™

Read more

Media Release – 12/03/2019

Borealis Quentys™ grades provide a boost to solar racing team

Read more

Media Release – 07/03/2019

Borealis awards Engineering Services (EPCM) contract to Maire Tecnimont Group for new world-scale propane dehydrogenation plant in Belgium

Read more

News – 05/03/2019

Combined Annual Report 2018 out now

Read more

News – 05/03/2019

Interview with Borealis CEO Alfred Stern and CFO Mark Tonkens

Read more

News – 28/02/2019

Baystar Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Borstar® Polyethylene Unit in Pasadena, Texas

Read more