Ludwigshafen, Germany -- BASF announced 20 Aug that it is to modernise its acetylene facility at Ludwigshafen, in the course of which it will also perform routine maintenance at the 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant, which uses the acetylene.
BASF said it will upgrade the plant technology, securing the long-term supply of raw materials to meet the growing demand for BDO and its derivatives. In 2012 alone, the company is investing more than Euro 20 million ($ 25 million) for this purpose.
The work will start at the end of August and is expected to take six weeks. BASF plans to bring both facilities back on stream in mid-October. The company said it will ensure that customers will receive supplies as usual by building up stocks and by arranging product shipments from other BASF sites.
BASF said the acetylene plant is one of the key facilities at Ludwigshafen. Acetylene is a starting material for BDO, an intermediate that serves as a precursor for many other intermediates, including tetrahydrofuran (THF), polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF), N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP).
Acetylene derivatives are used to produce plastics, highly elastic textile fibres and solvents,"