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BASF and Dow Open HPPO Plant

5:28 AM MDT | March 23, 2009

BASF and Dow Chemical say that their hydrogen peroxide-to-propylene oxide (HPPO) joint venture at Antwerp has started up and is “running stably.” The equally owned jv is the largest commercial-scale propylene oxide (PO) plant and the first based on novel HPPO technology developed jointly by BASF and Dow. The companies say they are “very satisfied with the performance of the new process.” BASF and Dow had originally planned to bring the HPPO plant onstream in early 2008. Industry rumors circulated recently that the plant was operating at...

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