BASF Plans MDI Chemical Plant in China

BASF has announced plans to build a multi-billion-dollar chemical project in Chongqing city in China, despite opposition from some environmentalists and residents.

BASF has the experience and technology to ensure the environmental safety of the Chongqing methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant, BASF regional functions and country management Asia Pacific president Tilman Krauch told China View.

Greenhouse gas emissions from BASF's chemical operations in 2008 were down by 5.2% to 1.8 million from the previous year, while energy efficiency increased by 50% in 2002–2008, the report revealed.

The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 400,000t of crude MDI, used in manufacturing polymers for refrigerators and shoes.