BASF-YPC completes Nanjing cracker expansion in China

10 October 2011 08:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--German producer BASF said on Monday it has completed the expansion of its cracker in Nanjing, China, and started operations at a new butadiene extraction unit and surfactants plant.

These plants are part of the $1.4bn expansion of BASF-YPC, a 50:50 joint venture between the German producer and China’s state-owned Sinopec.

The cracker at the site now runs with an increased ethylene capacity of 740,000 tonnes/year, up by 23% from its previous capacity of 600,000 tonnes/year.

The BD extraction plant and the non-ionic surfactant plant are newly built, BASF said, without stating the plants’ capacities.

BASF-YPC’s expansion in Nanjing further includes raising capacities of three other existing plants, apart from the cracker, as well as building 10 new plants.

“The bulk of the remaining plants are expected to come on stream around the end of 2011,” BASF said.

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By: Pearl Bantillo
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