BASF to sell stake in Geismar plant

BASF Corporation has agreed to sell its minority stake in a 610,000 tpa ethane cracker and associated pipeline and storage facilities located in Geismar, Louisiana. Subject to regulatory approvals, Williams Olefins, L.L.C. will purchase BASF's ownership interest in the cracker and PetroLogistics, LLC, will purchase BASF's interest in the associated pipeline and storage facilities. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Closing is expected to take place in July. The ethane cracker is jointly owned by GE Petrochemicals, Williams Olefins, L.L.C. and BASF, and operated by Williams Olefins, L.L.C. The pipeline and storage facilities are jointly owned by GE Petrochemicals, PetroLogistics, LLC, and BASF, and operated by PetroLogistics. BASF purchased its ownership stake in the cracker and associated facilities in 1970 as part of its acquisition of Wyandotte Chemicals. Each owner supplies raw materials to the cracker and independently markets its share of production from the cracker.
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