BASF has selected Freeport, TX, USA, as the potential site for its world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. It will use Air Liquide’s proprietary Lurgi MegaMethanol and Methanol-to-Propylene (MTP) technologies. BASF has contracted Air Liquide to provide basic engineering services for this gas-to-propylene complex.
The plant is planned to have an annual production capacity of approximately 475,000 metric tons of propylene. This project would be BASF’s largest single-plant investment to date and is subject to final approval in 2016 by the BASF Board of Executive Directors.
The Freeport site was founded in 1958 as the first BASF manufacturing facility outside of Europe. With more than 800 full-time employees, the Freeport site is one of two BASF Verbund sites in North America and uses propylene in its manufacturing processes.
- BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany