Germany’s BASF to shut acetylene, BDO plants for maintenance

20 August 2012 10:23  [Source: ICIS news]

BASFLONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based BASF will shut its acetylene and butanediol (BDO) plants in Ludwigshafen at the end of August for planned maintenance and modernisation, the chemicals major said on Monday.

The company will modernise and service its acetylene facility and also perform routine maintenance at its plant producing 1,4 BDO, which is based on acetylene, it added.

The activities are expected to last six weeks. BASF said it plans to bring both facilities back on stream in mid-October.

“The company will make sure that customers at the Ludwigshafen site and elsewhere will receive supplies as usual by building up stocks and by arranging product shipments from other BASF sites,” it said.

During the shutdown period, BASF added it will also upgrade its plant technology in order to secure a long-term supply of raw materials to meet a growing demand for BDO and its derivatives. The company said it is investing more than €20m ($25m) in 2012 to meet this growing demand.

($1 = €0.81)

By: Franco Capaldo
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