BASF launches pro­duc­tion plant for acryl­amide in China

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BASF

re­cently opened a new state-of-the-art 50,000 tpa pro­duc­tion plant for bio-cat­alyzed acryl­amide at its site in Nan­jing Chem­i­cal In­dus­trial Park, Nan­jing, China.

Acryl­amide is used in the pro­duc­tion of wa­ter-sol­u­ble floc­cu­la­tion aids that make waste­water treat­ment and pa­per­mak­ing, as well as min­eral pro­cess­ing and en­hanced oil re­cov­ery, more ef­fi­cient and less re­sour­cein­ten­sive.

The en­zyme-based bio­cat­alytic pro­duc­tion method re­sults in less waste than con­ven­tional high-pres­sure, en­ergy-in­ten­sive cop­per catal­y­sis. The process takes place at room tem­per­a­ture and un­der nor­mal at­mo­spheric con­di­tions, re­sult­ing in en­ergy sav­ings and greater en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pat­i­bil­ity. It also gen­er­ates fewer by-prod­ucts.

“The BioACM plant at Nan­jing is built ac­cord­ing to BASF’s high global stan­dards of safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. BASF pro­vides train­ing to em­ploy­ees and safety ex­perts to en­sure the same high safety stan­dards as in all other pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties,” said Bradley Mor­ri­son, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Op­er­a­tions and Site Man­age­ment Greater China.

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