Germany ethylene pipeline project begins trial operations

06 March 2013 19:52  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The consortium that built Germany’s long-delayed 400,000 tonne/year ethylene pipeline project to connect BASF’s petrochemicals hub in Ludwigshafen with chemical sites in Bavaria has finally begun trial operations on the line, it said on Wednesday.

EPS Ethylen-Pipeline-Sud said that the 370km pipeline is currently undergoing final work to test its leakage surveillance and other safety features. EPS aims to begin regular shipments this summer, it said.

The project secures reliable ethylene supplies for sites in Burghausen, Munchmunster and Gendorf where chemical production will be maintained and expanded, EPS said. 

The pipeline, through connections with existing systems, makes it possible to ship ethylene from Rotterdam via Cologne and Ludwigshafen to the Austrian border at Burghausen, in both directions - thus enhancing supply security for many Germany-based ethylene-dependent chemical producers, it added.

EPS’ stakeholders include chemical firms BASF, LyondellBasell, Borealis, OMV, Clariant, Vinnolit and Wacker.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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