21 March 2005 23:11 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--BASF’s plans to restructure its plasticiser business, including construction of a 125,000 tonne/year ester facility, won’t affect the supply-demand equation because new capacity isn’t being added, a top official told CNI Monday.
Cenan Ozmeral, BASF group vice president for petrochemicals in North America, noted that the company’s new ester facility at Pasadena is expected to start up during the second half of 2006 - about the same time BASF’s tolling agreement with Sunoco’s Neville Island, Pennsylvania facility expires.
Said Ozmeral: “There may be a month or two overlap, but we are basically finished with the ?xml:namespace>
BASF said it intends to convert its existing 125,000 tonne/year 2-ethyl hexanol (2-EH) production unit at
Ozmeral said BASF is converting to butane “ because butanes are lower cost and it give us an advantage.”
“Plasticisers are a core chemistry for us,” Ozmeral said. “With
BASF is the North American affiliate of BASF of Ludwigshafen, Germany.
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