Zhanjiang, China – BASF has given final approval for the construction of its Verbund (vertically integrated) site in Zhanjiang in the Guandong province of China. Ground-breaking on the site began in November 2019 and construction, despite disruption from the pandemic, is said to be on schedule
The current focus of the project is construction of the Verbund’s core, which includes a steam cracker and several downstream plants for the production of petrochemicals and intermediates, among others. BASF says it will invest up to €10 billion on the new facility by 2030.
Construction of the first plants at the Zhanjiang Verbund site began in 2020. Once complete it will be BASF's third-largest Verbund site globally behind Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium. The site will be built in several phases and is due to be fully operational by 2030.
A plant for engineering plastics is now operational, with a plant for the production of TPUs expected to be operational in 2023.