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The following news item has been released:
Following a detailed appraisal by the Cologne district authority:
Bayer gets the green light to build and operate the new world-scale TDI
plant in Dormagen
Dormagen, January 7, 2013 - Following a detailed appraisal, the Cologne
district authority has granted Bayer MaterialScience the permit to build
and operate the new high-tech facility for the production of the chemical
TDI (toluene diisocyanate) at Chempark Dormagen. TDI is needed as a
precursor for the manufacture of flexible polyurethane foams to make
products such as high-quality foams for mattresses, chairs and car seats.
"We are delighted that the approval process has been successfully completed
and we can press ahead with our construction work as planned," says Dr.
Joachim Wolff, who is the member of Bayer MaterialScience’s Executive
Committee responsible for the Polyurethanes Business Unit. "This innovative
high-tech process marks the start of safe and eco-friendly world-scale
polyurethane production that makes the best possible use of energy and
resources. Compared with a conventional plant with the same capacity, the
new facility will reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent and require
as much as 80 percent less solvent. This will also give us a decisive
competitive edge," he adds.
With an annual capacity of 300,000 metric tons, the future world-scale
plant is a key part of a long-term investment strategy at Bayer
MaterialScience to turn its Dormagen site into a global technology center
for the development and production of polyurethanes. The employees who will
be working at the new TDI facility started their training last spring. They
include 15 new employees who are working alongside staff at the current
pilot plant and receiving intensive instruction.
Construction progress on schedule
The approval authorities gave the go-ahead for the provisional start of
construction in February 2012. Since then, work at the giant construction
site has been progressing in leaps and bounds. In November, for example,
the construction team reached a key milestone when the TDI plant’s 90.5
metric ton distillation column - a cylindrical steel structure - arrived at
Chempark by truck. "If progress on site continues at this pace, there is
nothing standing in the way of us completing and commissioning the plant
midway through 2014," says Dr. Steffen Kühling, who is in charge of
production and technology in the Polyurethanes Business Unit.
Site’s long-term future secure
The construction phase of the project will create between 500 and 1,500
additional jobs. Many contractors come from the region, such as the piping
planning firm Keynes from Neuss and equipment manufacturers Quast and
Dormagen-based APL. Later on, when the facility is up and running,
companies from Dormagen and the surrounding area will be involved in
maintenance, construction and repair work, plus the provision of technical
services in the area around the new plant. The project also safeguards
existing upstream and logistics jobs at the site. The same applies to
numerous additional jobs associated with TDI production in the value-added
chain in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany.
Detailed notification of approval
When providing notification of approval, the authorities give a detailed
explanation of the reasons that led to their decision. The process involves
examining the prerequisites for approval, summarizing and evaluating the
environmental impact assessment and, last but not least, evaluating the
safety concept. Any objections raised are also taken into account. The
authorities granted the permit for the project following a detailed
appraisal of all aspects involved and based on the documentation submitted.
Comprehensive information for all interested parties
From the start of the TDI project, Bayer MaterialScience has ensured
intensive dialogue with the local community and stakeholders. All local
residents, environmental associations, organizations, authorities and
political representatives can still benefit from open dialogue with the
company about the project. Details of the construction project are
available on the Internet at http://www.tdi-dormagen.bayer.com. This
website also provides an email address for questions.
About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2011 sales of EUR 10.8 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the
world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the
manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of
innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The
main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics,
construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2011,
Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately
14,800 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group
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