Bayer expects court to hear Germany CO pipeline case next year

22 June 2012 17:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) expects a German administrative court to hear next year a case regarding its long-delayed carbon monoxide (CO) pipeline project in the country's North Rhine-Westphalia state, it said in an update on Friday.

Work on the 67km pipeline to ship CO from BMS' site in Dormagen to Krefeld-Uerdingen is almost complete, but the company is not allowed to start the pipeline up because of ongoing litigation by affected residents against the project.

Last year, a court raised concerns as to the pipeline’s safety in case of an earthquake.

BMS executive board member Tony van Osselaer underlined the importance of the project for Bayer in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the company has its home.

The pipeline will secure and improve CO supplies in Krefeld-Uerdingen where BMS needs the material to make polycarbonate and other products, van Osselaer said.

Currently, Bayer is producing CO locally in Krefeld-Uerdigen at a coke gasification facility that can only run on specialty coke imported from China, he said.

Bayer also said that it has published details about the pipeline project, including proposed modifications, on a separate website.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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