German court blocks Bayer from starting up CO pipeline

26 May 2009 17:45  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--A German administrative court in Dusseldorf has rejected Bayer's application to start up its carbon monoxide (CO) pipeline project in North-Rhine Westphalia state, it said on Tuesday.

The 67km pipeline, which is almost complete, connects Bayer MaterialScience’s production sites at Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen.

The court cited safety risks, saying that the project’s safety features were not sufficient.

Bayer could appeal the ruling, it added.

The decision came despite a recent contract between Bayer and the state of North-Rhine Westphalia that had stipulated that the project was in the public interest.

Bayer CEO Werner Wenning said earlier this month that the pipeline’s safety concept exceeded existing standards and legal requirements and that the company was standing by the project.

An appellate administrative court in Munster had blocked the start-up of the project in late 2007. The case had been referred back to the Dusseldorf court for review.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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