In September 2009, BASF-YPC initiated the second phase development, with an investment of around USD 1.4 billion in total, including expansions of existing plants and construction of new facilities.
The commercial operation began in January 2012. The existing steam cracker was expanded to produce 740,000 tonne/year of ethylene along with the expansion of the existing ethylene oxide plant and the construction of a new ethylene oxide purification unit.
New plants in the expanded ethylene oxide derivatives value chain include a non-ionic surfactants plant, an amines complex for the production of ethanolamines, ethyleneamines and dimethylethanolamine, and a dimethylaminoethyl acrylate plant.
The newly integrated C4 complex consists of a butadiene extraction plant, an isobutene extraction plant, a plant for highly reactive polyisobutene, and a 2-propyl-heptanol plant. The existing oxo-C4 plant was also expanded
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