BASF builds 130 kt/yr cyclohexane plant at Ludwigshafen

24 May 2005 16:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (CNI)--BASF announced on Tuesday it is investing more than Euro26m ($32.6m) in two projects at Friesenheim Island near its Ludwigshafen site, including a new 130,000 tonne/year cyclohexane plant.


Construction of the Euro12m cyclohexane unit began in the second half of last year, and start-up is scheduled for the end of this year.  


Werner Prätorius, president of BASF’s petrochemicals division, said this would make the company less dependent on the world market.


“We will be able to considerably reduce the amount of products we have had to buy until now once the new cyclohexane plant starts operations,” he commented.


Cyclohexane is used in the production of caprolactam, a raw material for the plastic polyamide 6 which is converted into fibres, films and injection moulding products for the automotive and electronics industries.


BASF will also invest Euro14.5m in the construction of a new siphon. The pipe will have a total length of 2.5 km, of which around 770 metres will be under the river Rhine. Construction started at the beginning of this month, and the shell of the building is expected to be completed by the end of this year.


It will complement the existing network by providing Friesenheim Island with steam from the new combined heat and power plant. It will also provide sufficient space for additional pipes, securing the connection of future plants on the island to the main Ludwigshafen site.


President of BASF’s environment, safety and energy competence centre, Ernst Schwanhold, said: “This will enable us to extend the Verbund concept at the site, use fossil fuels more efficiently for the generation of power and steam and help to further reduce their consumption.”


Albert Heuser, works manager of BASF’s Ludwigshafen site, commented: “The construction of the siphon and cyclohexane plant will enhance Friesenheim Island and make it an attractive location for external partner companies.”


Friesenheim Island belongs to the city of Mannheim, and is surrounded by the Rhine, Old Rhine, and Neckar Rivers. It is the only island in Germany on which BASF operates a plant.

By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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