BASF-YPC: First Plants in Nanjing Come Onstream
The first production facilities in the USD 1.4 billion expansion of BASF-YPC Company Limited have now begun operations. Along with the successful completion of the steam cracker expansion, the newly constructed butadiene extraction plant and the non-ionic surfactants plant in Nanjing, China, are now operational.
These plants are part of an investment project which broke ground in September 2009.The project includes the expansion of the existing steam cracker, from 600,000 tons/year to 740,000 tons/year of ethylene, the expansion of three existing plants, and the construction of ten new plants. The products of this second phase will serve multiple industries such as agriculture, construction, electronics, pharmaceutical, automotive and chemical manufacturing.
According to Dr. Bernd Blumenberg, President of BASF-YPC, the chemicals produced here contribute directly to supporting China’s energy efficiency goals as outlined in the 12th Five Year Plan.
The bulk of the remaining plants are expected to come on-stream around the end of 2011.
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