BASF still eyeing Chongqing MDI start-up in 2014

08 June 2010 11:36  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Germany’s BASF has not changed the planned start-up date of its methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) project in southwestern China, despite final approval from Chinese authorities having been delayed by half a year, a company executive said on Tuesday.

“We haven’t changed our plan now: 2013 for mechanical completion, 2014 for commercial production,” Johnny Kwan, senior vice president of BASF Group and president of BASF China, told ICIS news on the sidelines of the 2nd Annual Global Green Business Summit.

“It’s [The project is] in the [final stages] of the NDRC [approval] at the moment,” Kwan said, declining to give further details.

The 400,000 tonne/year MDI plant at Chongqing was expected to achieve mechanical completion by 2013 and commercial production the following year, but this was based on receiving approval from the country's economic planning body, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), by the end of 2009, BASF said last year.

In June 2007, BASF and Chongqing Chemical and Pharmaceutical Holding Co (CCPHC) signed a memorandum of cooperation to study the project with a view to meeting growing demand in China.

The 2nd Annual Global Green Business Summit is being held in Shanghai on Tuesday.

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By: Judith Wang
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