BASF, Sinopec joint venture expansion comes onstream in China

BASF, Sinopec joint venture expansion comes onstream in China

10:14 PM, 10th October 2011
BASF, Sinopec joint venture expansion comes onstream in China


NANJING, CHINA: The first production facilities in the $1.4 billion expansion of BASF-YPC Company Limited have now begun operations. Along with successful completion of the steam cracker expansion, the newly constructed butadiene extraction plant and the non-ionic surfactants plant are now operational.

“With this expansion, we are now beginning to realize the true potential of BASF-YPC as a ‘Verbund’ site. At the same time, the chemicals produced here contribute directly to supporting China’s energy efficiency goals as outlined in the 12th five year plan,” said Dr Bernd Blumenberg, President, BASF-YPC Company Ltd.

These plants are part of a $1.4 billion investment project which broke ground in September 2009. The project includes expansion of existing steam cracker, from 600,000 tonne/year to 740,000 tonne/year of ethylene, expansion of three existing plants and construction of ten new plants. The bulk of the remaining plants are expected to come on-stream around the end of 2011.

The butadiene extraction plant, which extracts butadiene from the C4 cracker stream, is a core facility in the integrated C4 complex. The non-ionic surfactants plant is part of an integrated ethylene oxide derivatives value chain which will also include a new amines complex. Also, a superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plant will be constructed as part of the ongoing expansion project.

BASF and SINOPEC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2010 to jointly explore the further expansion of BASF-YPC. The new projects under consideration will extend the C3 and C4 value chains, including the construction of a new acrylic acid facility with a capacity of 160,000 tons per year, a new butyl acrylate plant, as well as capacity increases at the 2-propyl-heptanol, styrene monomer, and non-ionic surfactants plants. A new world-scale hydrogen peroxide/propylene oxide (HPPO) facility is also included in the new investments under consideration. The new investments under consideration collectively total approximately $1 billion.

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