Issue Date: June 2, 2008
BASF Sets Plant For Biodiesel Catalyst
BASF plans to build a 60,000-metric-ton-per-year sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil, the company's largest site in South America. Sodium methylate is a catalyst used to convert vegetable oils into biodiesel fuel. "We expect annual global demand for biodiesel to increase to about 18 billion tons in coming years. About 15% of this amount will come from South America," says Ulrich Büschges, vice president of BASF's inorganic specialties business. BASF's German rival, Evonik Industries, is building a similarly sized sodium methylate plant in Mobile, Ala.
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