Germany authority adds to requirements for Bayer CO pipeline project

28 August 2012 17:16  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A German regulatory authority has imposed additional technical requirements on Bayer MaterialScience’s long-delayed carbon monoxide (CO) pipeline project in the country’s North Rhine-Westphalia state, it said on Tuesday.

The 67km pipeline would ship CO from Bayer’s chemical site in Dormagen to Krefeld-Uerdingen, where Bayer uses CO to produce polycarbonate (PC). Residents’ groups have been fighting authorities and Bayer over the project for years.

Bezierksregierung Dusseldorf said that in response to a ruling by an administrative court last year it issued a number of additional technical requirements to improve the pipeline’s safety, in particular in the event of an earthquake.

Bayer said it welcomed the move by the authority as it clarifies stipulations imposed by the court.

The company did not say when it expects to be able to start up the pipeline, which is almost complete. The dispute is now headed for North Rhine-Westphalia’s top administrative court, which is expected to hear the case in 2013.

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

However, shipping CO to Krefeld-Uerdingen from Dormagen is a better solution in terms of supply security, cost efficiency and site integration, as well as environmental performance, the company said.

Bayer is working on a 300,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) project at Dormagen.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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