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BASF to build medical center at Ludwigshafen, scraps plans for new office building

September 11/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF says it is continuing the modernization and expansion of its Ludwigshafen, Germany, complex with construction of a medical center focused on occupational medicine, according to Chemweek.

Work on the new building will begin in early 2021 with completion scheduled for mid-2023, the company says. Meanwhile, due to the economic environment caused by COVID-19, BASF has examined all planned construction projects and decided no longer to pursue a project to construct a new office building at Gate 2 of the site, on the plot of what used to be the Friedrich-Engelhorn skyscraper, it says.

Due to the economic situation and the shift toward more mobile working, we have revised our priorities and placed them elsewhere. The alignment to future demands and strengthening the site are our central goals. We are therefore focusing our investments on the areas of production, engineering, innovation, and health and safety, says Michael Heinz, board member and site director at BASF.

The planned medical center at BASFs Ludwigshafen site comprises a six-story main building and a two-story ambulance station covering a total area of 11,500 square meters, the company says. It will house examination rooms, training rooms and offices, facilities for medical diagnostics for employees, as well as an emergency medical service, BASF says.

BASF confirmed the continuation of the modernization strategy at Ludwigshafen with the Site Agreement 2025, signed in July 2020, according to which the company plans to invest a sum of at least EUR1.5 billion/year (USD1.8 billion) there between 2021 and 2025.

As MRC reported earlier, BASF has restarted its No. 1 steam cracker in Germany following a maintenance turnaorund. Thus, the company resumed operations at the plant on September 30, 2019. The plant was shut for maintenance in mid-August, 2019. Located at Ludwigshafen in Germany, the No. 1 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 235,000 mt/year and a propylene production capacity of 125,000 mt/year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries. BASF generated sales of EUR59 billion in 2019.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, propylene, ethylene, medicine, petrochemistry, BASF, Germany, Russia.
Category:General News
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