The new Acetylene Plant
The time has come: BASF takes on stream its new acetylene plant at the Ludwigshafen Verbund site. It starts production with an annual capacity of 90,000 metric tons. After a transition period of several months, it will finally replace the previous plant, which went into operation in 1964.
Two hydrogen and two carbon atoms: This is acetylene. The colorless gas is made from natural gas and oxygen. Around 20 plants in BASF's Production Verbund process acetylene and its derivatives.
As a versatile chemical building block, acetylene is an important starting material for many everyday products. Examples are plastics, pharmaceuticals, solvents, electrochemicals and highly elastic textile fibers. BASF customers use these products in the automotive, pharma, construction, consumer goods and textiles industries.
The new acetylene plant consumes about 10 percent fewer fossil raw materials per ton of end product than its predecessor.
More than 35,000 cubic meters of concrete and 8,500 tons of steel were used in the 40,000 square meter area. At peak times, 1,500 employees were on site, laying almost 90 kilometers of pipes and 850 kilometers of cable.
A total of 440 customized fractionating columns, machines and technical equipment from twelve countries were assembled and installed. The heart of the plant is a gas separation unit 60 meters long and weighing 225 tons which was transported by ship from China to Ludwigshafen.
Episode 1: New acetylene plant for BASF
Episode 2: Unloading in Antwerp
Episode 3: Loading of the Rhine ship
Episode 4: Cologne
Episode 5: Koblenz
Episode 6: At BASF’s harbor in Ludwigshafen
Episode 7: Installation of the column