Shell starts work on pipeline connecting Rhine river petchem sites

19 July 2011 17:49  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell has started work on a 3.8km (2.4 mile) pipeline project to integrate its refining and chemical sites at Godorf and Wesseling on the Rhine river, near Cologne, the energy and chemicals major said on Tuesday.

The pipeline project, consisting of a bundle of pipes, will cross the Rhine twice at a sharp river bend at Godorf/Wesselling, Shell said.

Construction began after Shell received approval for the project, following a four-year regulatory process, it said.

Shell did not disclose when the project is expected to be completed or how much it will cost.

Germany's dpa news agency reported that the project would take 19 months to build and is expected to cost around €250m ($352m). 

French petrochemicals engineering firm Technip has said earlier it won a contract to work on the integration of the two sites.

According to information on Shell’s website, Shell refining capacities at Godorf and Wesseling are 10m tonnes/year and 7m tonnes/year, respectively. At Wesseling, Shell also produces olefins and petrochemicals.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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