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BASF Expands Ethylene Oxide Capacity at Two Sites

8:32 AM MDT | October 3, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it will increase ethylene oxide (EO) capacity at its Ludwigshafen and Antwerp sites. Overall capacity will increase by 140,000 m.t./year, to 845,000 m.t./year, BASF says. Most of the expansion work will happen during the plants’ next planned shutdowns in 2008-09, the company says. Ludwigshafen’s EO capacity will increase to 345,000 m.t./year, and Antwerp’s EO capacity will rise to 500,000 m.t./year, BASF says. The company mainly produces EO for captive use, to manufacture surfactants, ethanolamines, glycol ethers, and polyols. The EO...

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