BASF breaks ground on syngas plant at Zhanjiang Verbund site in China

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BASF has commenced construction of its syngas plant at the Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China.
This world-scale syngas facility, fully integrated into the Verbund site, is scheduled to start up in 2025.
BASF will adopt unique process concepts in the syngas plant to reduce carbon emissions compared to conventional syngas plants, contributing to BASF’s sustainability goals.
The state-of-the-art facility will produce syngas and hydrogen for captive use within BASF’s production Verbund.
The production technologies deployed in the syngas plant will mainly utilise CO2 off-gas, a by-product of the ethylene oxide process and excess fuel gas from steam cracker operations, to manufacture syngas.
“The technical concept of this syngas plant is the first of its kind in China, underscoring our commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Compared to other technologies, these innovative process technologies help to reduce the Zhanjiang Verbund site’s direct CO2 emissions and particularly lower the carbon footprint of our oxo and ethylene oxide products,” said Bir Darbar Mehta, senior vice-president of petrochemicals Asia Pacific at BASF.

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