CHINA: BASF building SMR at Chinese MDI unit to enhance reliability of production
BASF has started construction on a new steam methane reformer (SMR) at its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) facility in Chongqing, China, to enhance the reliability of MDI production at the site.
The investment is expected to ensure the continuous improvement of operations over the long term, the company noted. Cost of the project and a completion date were not available.
BASF began the first production of MDI at the site in August 2015. At the time, the company said the plant had a production capacity of 400,000 t/y, which would gradually be ramped up in line with market demand.
Source: Weekly “PetroChemical News”, Durham, NC, USA; 2 Oct 2017
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)