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Linde to supply Bayer with gases at Rhine sites

By Liz White, UT contributing editorDormagen, Germany-Linde AG has signed a 15-year agreement with Bayer MaterialScience AG for a Euro 60-million project to supply BMS’s Dormagen, Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites with hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The two firms have also agreed a scheme for Linde’s integration into Bayer’s Chemical Park at Dormagen. Linde Gas is to build a plant to make 18 000-cu.m/hour of hydrogen and a 7000-cu.m/hour of carbon monoxide at Dormagen and supply these gases to the other Bayer MaterialScience sites in the Lower Rhine. The 20-employee facility will start delivery in autumn 2005. The gases are used to make toluene diisocyanate (TDI), used in polyurethane manufacture, as well as to make raw materials for coatings and adhesives, said a BMS statement. Applications of polyurethane in the automotive and building industries, and in the consumer durables sector are on the rise, BMS added.”The Linde facility will enhance the reliable supply, flexibility and economic efficiency of our locations in Dormagen and Leverkusen,” said Tony Van Osselaer, BMS board responsible for production & technology, in the statement. “This makes Linde the 13th Chemical Park partner at the Dormagen site,” said J├╝rgen Hinz, managing director of Bayer Industry Services. Dormagen makes rubber, coatings raw materials, polyurethanes, plastics, organic intermediates and inorganic chemicals, the BMS statement added.The facility gives Linde a secure and low-cost source for supplying its own hydrogen customers in the Rhine/Ruhr region and neighboring Benelux countries with gas cylinders. It also enables Linde to deliver excess hydrogen to the operator of a regional pipeline, the statement concluded.”

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