BASF Plans $545M Expansion of Ethylene Oxide Complex

September 30, 2019

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BASF Plans $545M Expansion of Ethylene Oxide Complex
The BASF Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. Image courtesy of BASF

German firm BASF revealed plans Monday to increase the capacity of its ethylene oxide and ethylene oxide derivatives complex at the company’s Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The company will invest over €500 million (about $545 million) to add 400,000 mt/yr of production capacity at the facility. 

“This significant expansion will enable BASF to support the continuous growth of customers in Europe,” Hartwig Michaels, president of BASF’s Petrochemicals division, said in a company press release. “

Slated for start up in 2022, the added capacity will bolster BASF’s position in the European ethylene oxide and derivatives market and help the company to meet increasing demand for alkoxylates from industrial users and the personal care and home industries.

“This expansion will benefit our customers by significantly enhancing the supply of our industry leading portfolio of alkoxylates,” Ralph Schweens, president of Care Chemicals at BASF, said in a statement. 

BASF has two ethylene oxide plants in Europe that have a combined capacity of 850,000 mt/yr. Ethylene oxide derivatives produced the company are used in industrial and automotive applications and in the personal care and home industries. 

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