Chongqing, China -BASF has finally gained approval for a 400-kilotonnes-per-annum plant to make MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) in Chongqing, in western China.
BASF said in a 25 March announcement that its investment in the project will total RMB 8000 million (about Euro 860 million, or $1219 million). The facility, which will produce this core component mainly used for various types of polyurethane foams, is expected to start up by 2014.
Project approval from the Chinese authorities follows, "a stringent examination of environmental, health and safety standards, two rounds of local public consultation and several expert reviews," noted BASF's statement.
The facility will consist of MDI, nitrobenzene and aniline plants, and will cover 40 hectares. It will form the centre of an integrated chemical production complex operated by the Chongqing (Changshou) Chemical Industry Park.
PIC: A map of the area of Chongqing which will house BASF's MDI plant