BASF, Sinopec complete $1.4bn second phase of Nanjing expansion

10 January 2012 10:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--BASF and China’s state-owned refining major Sinopec said on Tuesday they have inaugurated the $1.4bn (€1.09bn) second phase of their integrated petrochemical site in Nanjing at Jiangsu province.

The second phase includes expansions of existing plants at the site as well as the construction of new facilities, the two firms said in a statement.

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 second phase of the project also includes the expansion of an existing ethylene oxide (EO) plant to 330,000 tonnes/year, according to the statement.

It also includes the construction of a new 150,000 tonne/year EO purification unit, it said.

Other new units in the expanded EO derivatives value chain include a 60,000 tonne/year non-ionic surfactants plant; a 130,000 tonne/year amines complex for the production of ethanolamines, ethyleneamines, and dimethylethanolamine; and a 25,000 tonne/year dimethylaminoethyl acrylate (DMA3) plant, the statement said.

The Nanjing site now has an integrated C4 complex comprised of a 130,000 tonne/year butadiene extraction plant; a 60,000 tonne/year isobutene extraction unit; a 50,000 tonne/year highly reactive polyisobutene facility; and an 80,000 tonne/year 2-propyl-heptanol plant, it said.

The existing oxo-C4 plant at the site has also been expanded to 305,000 tonnes/year, according to the statement.

The two firms are planning to start the construction of a 60,000 tonne/year superabsorbent polymer (SAP) plant in the middle of this year, BASF and Sinopec said, with commercial production planned for the beginning of 2014.

Other new projects along the C3 and C4 value chains include a new 160,000 tonne/year acrylic acid (AA) facility, a new butyl acrylate (butyl-A) unit as well as a capacity increase at the site’s 2-propyl-heptanol plant, the two firms added.

The Nanjing site is operated by BASF-YPC, a 50:50 joint venture between Germany’s BASF and Sinopec.

BASF and Sinopec signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2010 to jointly explore the further expansion of BASF-YPC, with new investments under consideration collectively totaling about $1bn.

($1 = €0.78)

For more on BASF and Sinopec visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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