The world’s first multi-billion euro investment in the construction of a commercialized HPPO plant

Recently, BASF Presidents Jürgen Hambrecht, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Levy, and Solvay President Christian Jonquiin gathered in the BASF Antwerp factory, investing hundreds of millions of euros The construction of the HPPO complex project was groundbreaking. The project will use a novel patented technology using hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant jointly developed by BASF and Dow.
It is reported that the consortium includes a set of 230,000 tons/year hydrogen peroxide plant, of which Solvay has 50% equity, and BASF and Dow Chemical each have 25% equity. The device will become the world's largest hydrogen peroxide plant with a single production line. After it is completed and put into operation, it will supply 200,000 tons/year of hydrogen peroxide to the 300,000-ton/year propylene oxide (PO) plant in the complex. It is reported that the PO device will be operated by BASF Dow HPPO Production Co., a joint venture funded by BASF and Dow Chemical. According to Hambrecht, the HPPO consortium will be completed in early 2008 and BASF will supply about 200,000 tons of propylene feedstock to PO plants at a very favorable price.
Partners are considering building the same consortium project in Asia, and BASF is planning a new HP PO PO installation in Geismar, Louisiana in 2009. Dow Chemical, as the co-owner of the patented technology, has been invited to participate in the project.
All three parties refused to disclose the amount of investment in the Antwerp project. The main reason was that the current global engineering and construction market was overheated. However, they stated that the HPPO process can reduce the investment cost by 25% compared with the traditional PO process, and at the same time, the sewage discharge Reduce 70 to 80%, while reducing energy consumption by 35%. According to Li Weicheng, the HPPO installation has a very small footprint and requires fewer supporting facilities.
According to Hambrecht and Li Weicheng, the greatest advantage of the HPPO process is that only the end product, propylene oxide and water, are produced during the production process without producing by-products such as styrene monomer or propylene oxide (POM). The process PO equipment produces styrene. BASF and Shell currently have two PO facilities using the POSM process, one in Moerdijk in the Netherlands and the other in Singapore. Dow and BASF are the world's leading producers of styrene and polystyrene (PS), and both have stated that the current styrene market has been oversupply. John Feldman, member of BASF's Board of Directors, said: "The current global styrene production capacity is 25 million tons per year, while the market demand is only 22 million tons per year. The global PS market is shrinking, mainly because the PS packaging field is Replaced by paper and wood or polypropylene." Feldman pointed out: "In the future we will no longer invest in POSM devices and invest in HPPO devices."
Li Weicheng pointed out: "The current global PO market share has reached 10.5 billion U.S. dollars/year, and will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 3% to 4% by 2010. Therefore, we will firmly invest in more cost-competitive HPPOs. Project.” Dow Chemical currently has a PO capacity of 1.9 million tons/year, which is mainly used for polyurethane production. BASF's PO capacity is 375,000 tons/year.

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