01/11/2012

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BASF and Sinopec complete second phase of Nanjing investment and announce new plans for expansion

[image_0]The second phase includes expansions of existing plants and construction of new facilities. The existing steam cracker has been expanded to a total of 740,000 t/y of ethylene, along with the expansion of the existing ethylene oxide (EO) plant to 330,000 t/y, and the construction of a new EO purification unit with a capacity of 150,000 t/y. New plants in the expanded EO derivatives value chain include a new non-ionic surfactants plant with a capacity of 60,000 t/y; a new amines complex with a capacity of 130,000 t/y for the production of ethanolamines, ethyleneamines, and dimethylethanolamine; and the construction of a new DMA3 plant with a capacity of 25,000 t/y.

The site now has an integrated C4 complex comprised of a new butadiene extraction plant with a capacity of 130,000 t/y; a new isobutene extraction plant with a capacity of 60,000 t/y; a new plant for highly reactive polyisobutene with a capacity of 50,000 t/y; and a new 2-propyl-heptanol plant with a capacity of 80,000 t/y. The existing oxo-C4 plant has now been expanded to 305,000 t/y.


Further development of new projects
BASF and Sinopec signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2010 to jointly explore the further expansion of BASF-YPC, with new investments under consideration collectively totalling approximately USD 1 billion.

Construction of a superabsorbent polymer (SAP) plant with a capacity of 60,000 t/y will begin in mid-2012. Commercial production is planned for the beginning of 2014.

New projects to strengthen the C3 and C4 value chains include the construction of a new acrylic acid facility with a capacity of 160,000 tons per year, a new butyl acrylate plant, as well as a capacity increase at the 2-propyl-heptanol plant.

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