Bayer MaterialScience invests €150m in 300,000t/year TDI plant

01 March 2010 15:19  [Source: ICIS news]

BayerLONDON (ICIS news)--Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) will invest about €150m ($205m) in building a new 300,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant at its Chempark site in Dormagen, Germany, the polymers and plastics major said on Monday.

BMS said the new plant, which is scheduled to go on stream in 2014, would replace its existing TDI plants at Dormagen and Brunsbuttel.

"This investment... is intended to strengthen Dormagen as a global TDI technology centre and to provide long-term security for the competitiveness of Chempark Dormagen and the jobs at the plant and in the region," said Tony Van Osselaer, a member of the BMS board of management.

Dieter Kuhne, head of TDI production at Dormagen, said the technology used in the planned facility would set new standards for efficient and 'climate-friendly' TDI production.

"Our process enables us to achieve energy savings of up to 60% compared with a conventional plant of the same size. Furthermore, the technology requires up to 80% less solvent," said Kuhne.

BMS revealed plans to build the TDI production plant at Dormagen in September 2008. The second phase of the project was scheduled to begin in April 2010 with a scoping hearing.

BMS added that subject to political acceptance and approval being granted by the authorities, the world-scale plant would be built on the site of a coal-fired powerplant, which would be torn down.

Once the TDI plant was on stream, Dormagen would be the sole BMS site in Europe for the production of TDI, the company said.

Bayer said the Chempark site at Dormagen was chosen due to the availability of raw materials and precursors as well as the existing infrastructure; however, a new reformer would be built to cover the increased demand for carbon monoxide.

BMS’s 250,000 tonne/year TDI plant at Caojing, near Shanghai, China, was scheduled to go on stream in mid-2011.

BMS said it expected demand for TDI to continue to increase.

($1 = €0.73)

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