Germany ethylene pipeline will not be complete before 2012 – EPS

16 August 2011 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The long-delayed Ethylen Pipeline Sud (EPS) project to construct a 360km (224 miles) ethylene pipeline in southern Germany will not be completed before 2012, EPS said on Tuesday.

Hopes of successfully targeting a completion date in 2011 have been dashed because of a continuing court battle with farmers, it added.

All but 4km of the pipeline, in Baden-Wurttemberg state, have been built, said EPS spokesman Erwin Fellner.

“Once we get the green light from the courts, we will finish building the pipeline route. Regarding this situation, the whole EPS pipeline is now planned for completion in 2012 because we must consider weather and climate,” Fellner added.

Four plaintiffs in Baden-Wurttemberg have raised objections over the project’s safety, particularly in relation to minimum distances required between the pipeline and residences.

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

The EPS joint venture includes BASF, Wacker, OMV and four other chemical firms.

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By: Will Conroy
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