Linde gets extension order for BASF plant in Antwerp

9/5/2005, 10:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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Linde gets extension order for BASF plant in Antwerp

Wiesbaden, September 5, 2005 - Technology group Linde is set to carry
out the capacity extension of the Naphtha steamcracker in Antwerp,
Belgium, for BASF AG. This order has an approximate value of around
180 million euros.

Due to increasing demand, the annual capacity of the plant, built by
Linde in the early nineties, will be extended by about one third to
1,080,000 tons of ethylene and 650,000 tons of propylene. Following
expansion, the BASF plant in Antwerp, whose products are among the
most important petrochemical raw materials, will be one of the
biggest liquid crackers in the world.

"This high-profile project will secure Linde's position as leader in
the field of ethylene plant engineering", explains Dr. Aldo Belloni,
member of the Executive Board of Linde AG and responsible for the
business segment Gas and Engineering.

The extension work, which includes the delivery of a new cracking
furnace featuring state-of-the-art, propriety Linde technology, is to
be completed by autumn 2007.

Linde is an international technology group, which occupies leading
market positions in each of its two business segments Gas and
Engineering and Material Handling. With some 41,500 employees
worldwide, Linde achieved an annual turnover of around 9 billion
euros in the 2004 fiscal year.
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