BASF set to complete turnaround at Geismar, LA plant

15 March 2012 21:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Germany-based BASF said it has not yet brought its Geismar complex in Louisiana complex fully on line from a major turnaround, but a source close to the company said on Thursday the facility should be fully operational in about a week.  

The turnaround, which was scheduled to last for 30 days, began on 15 February.
The company planned to perform preventive maintenance, inspect equipment and install new equipment. Most of the plants at the complex were shut down for the turnaround, which is the first major one since 2008.

BASF spokesman John Schmidt said he did not know when the complex would be fully on line.

However, a source close to the company said the plant should be fully operational in about a week.

The complex includes units that produce 290,000 tonnes/year of methyl dei-p-phenylene (MDI); 160,000 tonnes/year of toluene di-isocyanate (TDI); and 135,000 tonnes/year of butanediol (BDO), according to ICIS plants and projects.

The site also produces 160,000 tonnes/year of hydrochloric acid (HCl) as a by-product of its isocyanates production.

BASF makes the following products at Geismar, according to ICIS plants and projects:

 

Product

 Capacity

 

Acetylene

50,000

 tonnes/year

Aniline

265,000

 tonnes/year

Butanediol

135,000

 tonnes/year

Butyrolactone

30,000

 tonnes/year

Ethylene oxide

220,000

 tonnes/year

Hydrochloric acid

160,000

 tonnes/year

Methylene di-p-phenylene isocyanate

290,000

 tonnes/year

Nitrobenzene

275,000

 tonnes/year

Polytetrahydrofuran

25,000

 tonnes/year

Toluene diisocyanate

160,000

 tonnes/year

($1 = €0.77)

Additional reporting by Brian Balboa

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