Beijing/PR China – BASF and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) have submitted the technical and commercial feasibility study for the approval of the planned $ 900 million expansion of their joint chemical Verbund site in Nanjing to the Chinese government.
The site is operated by the joint venture BASF-YPC (BYC). The main pillars of the expansion are:
- Expansion of the steam cracker from 600,000 to around 750,000 metric tons of ethylene per year.
- Expansion of the ethylene oxide (EO) plant and development of EO derivatives to strengthen the ethylene value chain by producing non-ionic surfactants for detergents and the solvent butylglycol ether.
- New projects regarding production of amines for surfactants and dimethylamine (DMA-3) for flocculants.
- Development of the C4 value chain including C4 specialties: Butadiene and isobutene as chemical raw materials, 2-propylheptanol for a new-generation plasticizer and polyisobutene derivatives as fuel and lubricant additives.
- Extension of the acrylics value chain to produce superabsorbent polymers (SAP) for hygiene and industrial applications.
- Expansion of the existing oxo-alcohol and propionic acid plants.
The new activities are expected to come on stream stepwise starting already this year; the cracker expansion is scheduled for 2009/2010. kem
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