01 October 1999 11:21 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--Wingas, the 65:35 natural gas joint venture between BASF subsidiary Wintershall and Russia's Gazprom, announced Friday it has commenced gas supplies to Degussa-Huls' Hurth-Kalscheuren and Wesseling sites, Germany and the nearby Elenac complex at Cologne-Godorf.
The natural gas supplies are being conveyed by a recently-completed 30 km long spur off Wingas' main Wedal (West Deutschland Anbinungs Leitung) trunk pipeline. The main gas grid is 320 km long and runs from Bjelefeld to Aachen connecting Wingas' network in North Rhine-Westphalia with the European grid at the Germany-Belgium border.
The Wedal pipeline was completed in October 1998 and construction of the spur pipeline to the chemicals complexes began in Q1/Q2 this year. The company declined to reveal the final cost of the spur line project, but at the outset of the scheme told CNI the project was to cost DM20m ($10.7m/Euro10.2m).
In early 1998, Wingas signed long-term contracts for natural gas supplies through the spur, including deliveries of more than 100m m3/year to what are now Degussa Huls' plants at Kalscheuren and Wesseling. Gas deliveries began on schedule today.
A spokesman for Wingas said that most of the natural gas supplies are for energy purposes but he added that one of the Degussa facilities will be taking some gas as feedstock.
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