Germany officially starts up long-delayed ethylene pipeline

19 July 2013 17:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s long-delayed 400,000 tonne/year ethylene pipeline project to supply chemical sites in Bavaria was officially started up on Friday.

The Ethylen-Pipeline-Sud (EPS) consortium and the Bavarian state government confirmed Friday’s official start-up – six years after construction work began –in notices on their websites. An EPS media official was not immediately available for additional comment.

The 370km pipeline secures ethylene supplies for Bavarian chemical sites in Burghausen, Munchsmunster and Gendorf, where chemical production can be maintained and expanded.

Bavaria’s state government contributed €45m ($59m) to the project’s cost of €220m.

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

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

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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