Bayer MaterialScience wins approval to build German TDI unit

22 February 2012 16:52  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience has received official approval to begin early construction of its new 300,000 tonne/year world-scale toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facility at Dormagen, the Germany-based company said on Wednesday.

The issuing of the building permit will allow large scale construction of the proposed €150m ($200m) high tech TDI plant to begin as soon as possible.

Approval of the final operating permit by authorities in Cologne, north west Germany, is still pending, but it is expected to be granted in the spring.

“We are pleased that the construction for this important project can now begin and be completed within the next two years as planned,” said Dr. Joachim Wolff, head of the polyurethanes business and a member of the Bayer MaterialScience executive committee.

Wolff added: “With an annual capacity of 300,000 metric tons, the future world-scale plant is the final building block of a long-term investment strategy in Dormagen in addition to being a key element for optimizing our isocyanate production in Europe.”

The new TDI plant will replace the company’s existing production facilities at Brunsbuettel and Dormagen in Germany, as well as employing new gas phase phosgenation technology.

The new process is safer and more energy and ecologically efficient when compared with conventional TDI technology, according to the company.

Bayer MaterialScience announced its new TDI capacity plans in March 2010 and applied for building permission in April 2011.

For more on TDI visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Heidi Finch
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