The long wait for the German propylene pipeline from Moers to Gelsenkirchen has ended with commencement of construction. The 60 km pipeline is scheduled for start-up in 2009. The pipeline initiates in Duisburg harbour and will link petrochemicals and plastics producers in the Ruhr area. The pipeline could, at a later date, be extended to the Cologne area.
Project costs are EUR 45 mln for the pipeline and EUR 15 mln for the Duisburg terminal. Over 65% of this amount will be contributed by the state government, while the balance will be funded by major users, including Sabic Europe and the chemical park at Marl.