BASF and Dow progress Antwerp HPPO project
BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Dow Chemical Co. Midland, Michigan/USA have announced that they are on track with plans to construct a 300 ktpa propylene oxide plant at Antwerp, Belgium, by 2008. Construction work is due to start next year on the facility, which is to be based on a new jointly-developed HPPO (hydrogen peroxide route to propylene oxide) production technology. “The major benefits of the HPPO process include reduced capital investment and improved operating costs," The new process requires less equipment, uses a smaller footprint, and produces no significant co-products,” said Earl Shipp, global business vice president, Dow Oxides & Glycols, in a 24 October Dow statement. Both Dow and BASF will be able to use the HPPO technology for joint or individual future investment opportunities, noted Shipp, who commented: “Development of additional projects using the HPPO technology, particularly in Asia, is a priority for Dow and we are studying the feasibility of various options and potential Asian locations for future PO investment. Future joint efforts with BASF are under consideration.