By Liz White, UT editor
Shanghai, China-Huntsman Corp. said 18 Oct that it has successfully commissioned its MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) plants, part of the integrated isocyanates complex at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, China, which it operates with local partners and BASF.
A Huntsman statement said the partners have also made the, "move to commercial operation … in line with company planning."
"For a major, world-scale plant in an all new integrated chemical park this has been a world-class performance by all involved, and with continued progress we can confidently expect full design capacity to be delivered throughout 2007 and beyond," said Peter Huntsman, president and ceo of Huntsman, speaking at a Huntsman Asia Pacific customer conference in Shanghai.
Operating rates are "rapidly building in line with the start-up plan" said Huntsman, in the company statement, adding that MDI products are being processed and supplied to the Chinese market by the downstream splitting and prepolymer units in Huntsman Polyurethanes Shanghai.
"This milestone has involved true teamwork," between existing Huntsman operations and the partners and Chinese associates, commented Anthony Hankins, president of Huntsman's Polyurethanes Division. Hankins paid tribute to the "excellent EHS record in this project: and pledged to, "continue to operate the plants to the highest global standards."
Pic: The integrated isocyanates complex at night.