Germany ethylene pipeline group to appeal court ruling

10 May 2011 19:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Ethylen Pipeline Sud plans to appeal a court ruling to halt work on parts of its 360km ethylene pipeline project in southern Germany for safety reasons, it said on Tuesday.

The Ethylen Pipeline Sud joint venture, which includes BASF, Wacker, OMV and four other chemicals firms, also said it now expects to start up the long-delayed project at the turn of the year. In March, officials had cited September or October 2011 as a likely start-up date.

The project will connect BASF’s petrochemicals hub in Ludwigshafen with chemical sites in Bavaria.

Last month, a court in Stuttgart sided with four plaintiffs in Baden Wurtttemberg state who doubted the project’s safety, particularly with regard to minimum distances required between the pipeline and residences.

However, Ethylen Pipeline Sud said it is confident its appeal would succeed, as another court in a related case had confirmed the pipeline’s safety.

In addition, the pipeline joint venture has obtained several expert opinions that confirm the project’s safety, it said.

For more on BASF, Wacker and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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