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BASF Schedules Turnaround for Diols and Derivatives Production Units in Geismar, Louisiana

Published on 2008-04-07. Author : SpecialChem

GEISMAR, LA -- BASF has announced that it will shut down its Diols and Derivatives production units located in Geismar, Louisiana, for approximately six weeks beginning the second half of May to perform scheduled maintenance work.

"This is a normal, scheduled shutdown done roughly every four years to perform maintenance on the units and implement smaller reliability projects," said Christof Herion, Operations Director for the BASF Intermediates business in North America. "We expect to complete all work within six weeks and bring the units back on line by early July. Since we have adequate inventories of all products from these units, we will continue to supply our customers with needed products throughout the shutdown period."

Products manufactured in the affected units include 1,4, Butanediol (BDO), THF, Poly THF®, N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), N-Vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and specialty Pyrrolidones.

About BASF:

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $16.4 billion in 2007.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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