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BASF to Restart Mothballed THF Plant in China

1:14 PM MDT | October 16, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it will restart a mothballed tetrahydrofuran (THF) plant at Caojing, China, near Shanghai, by early 2010. The 80,000-m.t./year plant started operating in 2005, based on a novel butane-based production process. The technology encountered problems, however, causing BASF to mothball the plant earlier this year and include a one-off, €200-million ($284 million) Ebit charge in its accounts. The plant has since been re-equipped with a “new production unit enabling the alternative use of butanediol as a raw material for THF production in...

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