BASF’s second plant sodium methylate in South America

BASF’s second plant for sodium methylate in South America

1:50 PM, 8th June 2011
BASF’s second plant for sodium methylate in South America
BASF Headquarters (C) BASF press photos

  • Argentina designated as location for the new plant
  • The first world-scale plant in Brazil, under construction, scheduled to start operations end of 2011
  • Excellent catalyst for production of biodiesel


LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF intends to build an additional production plant for sodium methylate in South America. The planned location of the second plant is Argentina, with an annual capacity of about 60,000 metric tons. Thus, BASF wants to strengthen its regional presence in one of the most important growth markets for biodiesel. The company expects about 20 per cent of the annual global demand for biodiesel, which is about 30 million tons, to come from South America in 2015.


The construction of the plant is planned at BASF’s General Lagos site in Rosario, which is in the centre of Argentina’s biodiesel production. The start of operation for the first sodium methylate plant in South America, located in Guaratinguetá, Brazil, will take place as scheduled at the end of 2011. “Our technology know-how for sodium methylate production and the strategic location of Brazilian and Argentinean sites will help create a strong position for BASF in South America. With a second plant, we will strengthen this position,” said Stefano Pigozzi, President-Inorganics division, BASF.

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