By Gary Thomas
BASF, a chemical firm, has announced that it will renovate its acetylene plant and will simultaneously perform regular maintenance operations at this acetylene-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) producing facility, which is situated at the Ludwigshafen Verbund location.
The company will utilize this time period for improving its plant technology, thus receiving the long-term contract for raw materials supply in order to fulfill the increasing needs of BDO and its derivatives. For this purpose, over €20 million is being invested by the company in 2012 alone.
BASF will commence the activities at this month end and the activities are likely to last for six weeks. The company is intending to bring those two plants back on stream during mid-October. It will ensure that customers of the Ludwigshafen plant and other places will obtain material supplies by reinforcing stocks and by setting up product deliveries from its other locations.
The acetylene facility is considered to be one of the main production plants located at the Ludwigshafen site. The raw material required for producing BDO is acetylene. BDO is an intermediate substance serving as a precursor for use in several other intermediates, which include polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP). The derivatives of acetylene are utilized to manufacture electronic chemicals, highly elastic textile fibers, plastics and solvents.
The Intermediates division of BASF Group manufactures and supplies more than 600 intermediates all over the globe. New intermediates from the company serve to enhance the efficiency of production methods and the properties of final products. The portfolio of BASF ranges from plastics, chemicals, agricultural and performance products to oil and gas.