18 May 2005 15:36 [Source: ICIS news]
The restarted unit, one of two MDI trains at the facility, underwent a planned closure on 20 February for plant optimisation and debottlenecking. It was restarted at the beginning of May, raising total MDI capacity at the plant by 25% from 360,000 tonne/year.
The expanded train is not yet 100% operational, the source said, due to standard precautionary measures and feedstock limitations. Full production is anticipated by the end of May. A BASF spokesman was unable to disclose the individual capacities of the two units.
BASF said that rising demand for MDI reflected strong increases in worldwide consumption of polyurethane (PU). The company expects annual growth in MDI demand over the next ten years to be around 5%.
The extension to 450,000 tonne/year is the third expansion at
(Caroline Howard contributed to this story.)
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