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BASF starts up butadiene extraction plant in Antwerp

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) today announced the start-up of a new butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 metric tons (m.t.). The plant in Antwerp is BASF’s second butadiene extraction plant in Europe. BASF already operates a butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, with a production capacity of 105,000 m.t./yr. With the plant in Antwerp, BASF is more than doubling its production capacity for butadiene in Europe. “This plant secures our internal supply with butadiene at competitive costs,” says Uwe Kirchgäßner, head of BASF’s regional business unit Basic Petrochemicals Europe. “In addition, it enables us to take advantage of opportunities on the external market and strengthens our market position in Europe.” The butadiene will be extracted from crude C4, a product from the steam cracker. “With the new plant we are further developing the integration of the C4 value chain in Antwerp,” says Wouter de Geest, CEO of BASF Antwerpen NV. “This important investment strengthens the Verbund at the Antwerp site.” Butadiene is a raw material…
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