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BASF to Construct Sodium Methylate Plant in Brazil

11:23 AM MDT | June 2, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it plans to build a plant for sodium methylate at Guaratinguetá, Brazil, the company’s biggest site in South America. The plant will have a capacity of 60,000 m.t./year and be BASF’s first sodium methylate production in the region. Start up is scheduled for 2010. Sodium methylate is an “efficient” catalyst for the production of biodiesel, BASF says. Legislation planned in Brazil will require fuel to contain 3% biodiesel by 2013 and the figure is likely to rise to 5%. Argentina has mandated that biodiesel make up 5% of fuel...

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