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10-19-2006

BASF / Dow: New HPPO Plant in Antwerp

BASF AG and The Dow Chemical Company launched a long-term venture to produce propylene oxide (PO) at the world’s first commercial-scale hydrogen peroxide propylene oxide (HPPO) plant at BASF’s site in Antwerp/Belgium. This plant uses a new technology developed jointly by BASF and Dow. PO is a core ingredient for the USD 21 billion a year polyurethane industry. Solvay S.A. will be a key supplier to the new facility.

The HPPO plant will be fed with hydrogen peroxide (HP) from a second new plant at the Antwerp site. The HP plant will have a capacity of 230 000 t/a and will be constructed by Solvay, BASF and Dow. The 300 000 t/a HPPO plant is scheduled to start up in early 2008.

According to BASF and Dow, the new process technology offers a number of benefits over conventional routes to PO, including better economics, environmental improvements and flexibility for locating new plants.

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