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07-06-2012

BASF: Butadiene Extraction Plant in Antwerp

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, plans to build a butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 155,000 t and is scheduled to start up during 2014. The investment amount will be in the high double-digit million euro range.

The decision has been made in light of the increasingly tight supplies of butadiene on global markets. In recent years, the volumes of butadiene available on the market have declined sharply. At the same time, demand from the tire industry and other industries has been rising. This has led to a considerable increase in prices.

In Europe, BASF already operates a butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen with an annual production capacity of 105,000 t. Butadiene is a raw material that can be used to produce synthetic rubber, among other applications. The tire industry is one of the main consumers of butadiene. Other applications for butadiene include paper chemicals and plastics production.

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