OMV on track to start up new Burghausen BD unit Q2 2015

Source: ICIS News


LONDON (ICIS)--Austrian refiner and petrochemicals producer OMV is on track to start producing butadiene (BD) from a new facility at its Burghausen, Germany site during the second quarter of 2015, market sources said on Friday.

The BD extraction unit will have the capacity to produce about 70,000 tonnes/year, sources said, although this has not been confirmed by the company. It will be entirely fed with existing feedstock crude C4 (CC4) produced at the nearby Burghausen cracker.

OMV recently debottlenecked its existing BD capacity at Swechat in Austria to 60,000 tonnes/year and this became operational in May.

OMV said in May 2013 that it would invest €230m because of “significant growth in worldwide demand for BD, mainly used in the manufacturing of tyres.”

The project is one of four expected to come online over the next 12 months.

BASF’s 155,000 tonne/year plant at Antwerp in Belgium is due to start up in the third quarter of 2014, followed by Evonik’s Antwerp 100,000 tonne/year unit and Hungary’s TVK-MOL 130,000 tonne/year unit in Tiszaujvaros in the first half of next year.

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