BASF shuts Shanghai dinitrotoluene plant on gas leakage

28 September 2011 10:37  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--Shanghai BASF Polyurethane Co (SBPC) has shut down its dinitrotoluene (DNT) plant at Caojing following a nitrogen oxide (NOX) gas leakage at an absorption tower on 27 September, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The incident happened at 15:42 local time on Tuesday and was brought under control by 16:10, the spokesperson said.

The company has not made a decision yet on when to restart the plant, she added, without elaborating on the plant’s capacity.

The shutdown has not affected SBPC’s production at other facilities located at the site, according to the spokesperson.

No one was injured in the accident, a company statement said.      

Around 2kg of NOX was leaked, but there is no environmental damage, the statement added.

SBPC operates a 160,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant and a 160,000 tonne/year methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) finishing plant at Caojing , according to its website.

DNT is a key feedstock for TDI.

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By: Fanny Zhang
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