Shell, BASF, Fina to build biggest butadiene plant

Shell Chemical Co., BASF Corp., and the Fina Inc. unit of TotalFina SA have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to build the world`s largest butadiene plant at Port Arthur, Tex.Slated for start up by 2002, the plant will have a production capacity of 900 million lb/year. It will be located next to the Fina refinery and the olefins steam cracker complex being constructed in Port Arthur by BASF and Fina (OGJ, Mar. 29, 1999, p. 50).Most of the plant`s feedstock will come from the Shell olefins complex at Deer Park, Tex., as well as the BASF-Fina steam cracker, which will start up in early 2001.The plant will supply butadiene mainly to downstream facilities in the East Texas are...

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