Borealis, the Austrian chemicals company, has commissioned a new 80,000 m3 naphtha storage cavern in Porvoo, Finland, with the first delivery of naphtha.

Borealis says that the facility will allow it to store naphtha for its Porvoo operations from the global market in a more flexible, cost-efficient and secure way.

The new cavern, which was developed at a cost of €25 million and is 90 metres below ground, can accept deliveries by marine vessels up to 35,000 tonnes, and rail.

The cavern can also store naphtha from renewable resources, allowing Borealis customers to source renewable polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), base chemicals, ethylene, propylene and phenol, certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC Plus certification) scheme.

Martijn van Koten, Borealis executive vice president base chemicals and operations, said: “The innovative cavern in Porvoo improves our commercial flexibility and will make a valuable contribution to the achievement of our sustainability goals and the circularity of our products.”

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26th October 2020