K+S to apply for pipeline to dispose waste waters in North Sea

19 February 2013 17:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s fertilizer major K+S intends to seek planning approvals for a pipeline to ship saline waste waters from its potash mines in central Germany to the North Sea, it said on Tuesday.

K+S needs to find a long-term solution to properly dispose of saline waste waters from potash mines in Germany’s states of Hessen and Thuringia - where it employs some 5,000 workers - in order to ensure the mines' continued operation.

K+S said that it is preparing plans for the pipeline as an alternative to projects, worth some €360m ($480m), to manage, reduce and dispose of the wastes locally. Plans for local solutions had met with “reservations” from local residents and politicians, it added.

The Kassel-based company said it expects to file first planning applications for the pipeline by the end of 2013.

The pipeline would be routed through Lower Saxony state and the wastes would be disposed off of that state’s long North Sea coastline.

K+S added that it is in talks with authorities in Lower Saxony about the pipeline. However, politicians in Lower Saxony have said they are opposed to the project.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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