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BASF Boosts Nitric Acid at Antwerp

9:33 AM MDT | May 27, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it has started operations at a 500,000-m.t./year nitric acid plant at Antwerp. The plant is one of the world’s largest nitric acid production facilities and replaces a 40-year-old unit at the site, BASF says. The new plant can produce 68% nitric acid concentration, which is used mainly in the production of methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). BASF says it is evaluating several options to expand MDI and TDI capacity. Possible projects include: expanding existing plants; a previously announced MDI plant at...

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