BASF and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) have completed a joint feasibility study and taken the next steps in the establishment of a world-scale isononanol (INA) plant in Maoming, Guangdong, China.
Under the terms of the feasibility study, a 50–50 joint venture will be formed: BASF MPCC. The partners expect to begin production at the new plant around the middle of 2015.
The full integration of the INA plant into the existing petrochemical site of MPCC in Maoming will allow for a comprehensive system for managing energy, as well as minimising water use, emissions and waste. The approval process has begun for the environmental impact assessment.