13 September 2012 14:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF accidentally spilled about 500kg of cyclododecanone into the Rhine river at its petrochemicals hub in ?xml:namespace>
BASF said that the incident happened on 12 September. The company informed the authorities and is investigating the cause, it added.Cyclododecanone is a toxic chemical intermediate. However, given the amount of product spilled and its dilution, it was unlikely that the incident would pose a threat to water organisms in the
Cyclododecanone is a key raw material for making laurolactam, an intermediate used to produce the high-performance plastic polyamide 12 (or nylon 12), according to information on BASF's website.
BASF has a 30,000 tonne/year plant at Ludwigshafen that produces both cyclododecanone and cyclopentanone.
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