Sodium Methylate BASF Intends to Build a Second Plant for Sodium Methylate in South America
BASF intends to build an additional production plant for sodium methylate in South America. Argentina is the planned location for the second plant with an annual capacity of about 60,000 metric tons.
Rosario/Argentina – BASF wants to strengthen its regional presence in one of the most important growth markets for biodiesel. The construction of the new plant is planned at BASF’s General Lagos site in Rosario, which is in the center of Argentina’s biodiesel production. The start of operation for the first sodium methylate plant in South America, located in Guaratinguetá, Brazil, will take place as scheduled at the end of 2011.
Sodium methylate is a reliable and efficient catalyst for the production of biodiesel, allowing high yields. Biodiesel is used increasingly as an alternative to fossil diesel fuels and is meeting the requirements of engine manufacturers for high-quality fuels. BASF expects about 20 percent of the annual global demand for biodiesel, which is about 30 million tons, to come from South America in 2015.