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First plants of BASF-YPC expansion in Nanjing come onstream    

By Gerald Ondrey |

The first production facilities in the $1.4-billion expansion of BASF-YPC Co(Nanjing, China; www.basf-ypc.com.cn)  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 are now operational. "With this expansion, we are now beginning to realize the true potential of BASF-YPC as a Verbund site — a German term referring to a highly-integrated, highly energy-efficient production complex. At the same time, the chemicals produced here contribute directly to supporting China’s energy efficiency goals as outlined in the 12th Five Year Plan," says Bernd Blumenberg, president, BASF-YPC Co. These plants are part of a $1.4-billion investment project, which broke ground in September 2009. The project includes the expansion of the existing steam cracker, from 600,000 ton/yr to 740,000 ton/yr 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. The bulk of the remaining plants are expected to…
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