OMV, the international integrated gas and oil company headquartered in Vienna, and Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company, signed today an agreement that will give OMV a controlling stake in Borealis, one of Europe’s leading petrochemical companies. OMV, which currently owns a 36% stake in Borealis, will acquire an additional 39% from Mubadala, increasing its stake to 75%. Mubadala will retain a 25% interest. The closing of the transaction is expected by the end of 2020 and is subject to regulatory approvals.
“The market for sustainable chemicals, and the circular economy volumes, is very interesting and showing strong growth. Both OMV and Borealis have recognized this opportunity and will now combine forces. This extends the value chain even further, namely beyond the life cycle of plastic products”, Thomas Gangl, Executive Board Member and Chief Downstream Operations Officer, said.
Borealis’ activities in plastic recycling, such as recycling plants EcoPlast (Austria) and MTM Plastics (Germany), Project STOP (Ocean Waste) and the Design For Recycling (DFR) initiative are a perfect addition to OMV’s ReOil technology for chemical recycling of post-consumer-plastic to synthetic crude.