The activities will start at the end of August and are expected to last six weeks. BASF plans to bring both facilities back on stream in mid-October. The company said it will make sure that customers at the Ludwigshafen site and elsewhere will receive supplies as usual by building up stocks and by arranging product shipments from other BASF sites.
The acetylene plant is one of the key production facilities at the Ludwigshafen site. Acetylene is a starting material for BDO, an intermediate that serves as a precursor for many other intermediates, including tetrahydrofuran (THF), polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF), N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Acetylene derivatives are used, for example, to produce plastics, highly elastic textile fibers, solvents, and electronic chemicals.