BASF-YPC Nanjing expansion on track for second half start-up

18 May 2011 19:50  [Source: ICIS news]

COLOGNE, Germany (ICIS)--BASF-YPC has completed an expansion of its cracker in Nanjing, China, and will start up the rest of its expansion project between July and the end of the year, company president Bernd Blumenberg said on Wednesday.

Modification of the cracker, to expand capacity from 600,000 tonnes/year to 740,000 tonnes/year, has been completed, and ethylene production will be ramped up following the start-up of the downstream units, he explained.

The expansion at BASF-YPC, a 50:50 joint venture between Germany’s BASF and China’s Sinopec, involves the construction of several new plants, including a 2-propylheptanol unit, a non-ionic surfactants unit and an amines complex.

The company is also expanding its production of ethylene oxide (EO), oxo alcohols and propionic acid at the integrated complex.

BASF-YPC revealed plans in December last year to further expand the complex.

This will involve construction of a 60,000 tonne/year superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plant, which is likely to start up in three or four years, he told ICIS on the sidelines of the Global Petrochemicals annual meeting, organised by the World Refining Association (WRA).

The project will include construction of a 160,000 tonne/year acrylic acid facility, he added.

By: Anna Jagger
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