An expansion of the Nanjing, China, petrochemical joint venture between BASF and Sinopec will bring the site’s capacity for ethanolamine production to 55,000 metric tons per year, according to a statement this week by the local government.
The joint venture, named BASF-YPC Co. after Sinopec’s Yangzi Petrochemical Co., opened in 2005 and has gone through a number of expansions. Last August the companies agreed to proceed with a large project that would increase output of ethanolamines, along purified ethylene oxide, ethyleneamines, propionic acid and propionic aldehyde, while also introducing a plant to make tert-butyl acrylate.
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The companies did not disclose capacities at that time, but Nanjing officials this week hosted an online event featuring signing ceremonies for a number of local economic development projects, including the BASF-YPC expansion. It stated that the site’s ethanolamine production capacity after the project will be 55,000 t/y. It also listed the post-project capacities for other materials, including 200,000 t/y for purified ethylene oxide.