BASF spills cyclododecanone into Rhine river at Ludwigshafen

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 Ludwigshafen, Germany, the chemicals major said on Thursday.

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 Rhine, BASF said.

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.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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