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Basell is planning two additions to its polyethylene capacity and has licensed its polypropylene technology to Sinopec. At its Münchsmünster site near Munich, Basell will add a 120,000-metric-ton-per-year high-density polyethylene plant to replace a plant that was damaged by an explosion and fire last December. Start-up is planned for early 2009. The company is also revamping its 80,000-metric-ton polyethylene plant in Wesseling, near Cologne, Germany, with its new Spherilene S single-reactor design. Start-up of the converted plant is planned for 2008 at an expanded capacity of 100,000 metric tons. Separately, Basell has issued a Spherizone technology license to Sinopec's Tianjin Petrochemical to build a 450,000-metric-ton polypropylene plant in Dagang, in Tianjin municipality, near Beijing.
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