In 2018, in partnership with BASF, the fifth edition of the conference will also feature a site-visit to the Ludwigshafen site, the world’s largest integrated chemical complex located in Germany.
World largest chemical complex
With over 200 productions facilities, hundreds of laboratories, technical centres, factories, and offices in an area of approximately ten square kilometres, the Ludwigshafen site is the heart of the BASF Group and the largest integrated chemical complex in the world.
As the headquarters of BASF, it is also the cradle of the Verbund concept, where production facilities, energy flows, and logistics are linked together intelligently in order to utilise resources as efficiently as possible.
The technical visit includes:
1. A tour to the key production facilities of the complex including the heart of the complex – two steam cracker, syngas plant and acrylic acid plants.
2. Waste Water Treatment Plant and Sewage Sludge Incineration Plant
BASF’s wastewater treatment plant is one of the largest in Europe and the largest wastewater treatment plant on the Rhine: It purifies a volume of water that would be created by some three million people in private households.
Almost 100 million m³ of production waste water from BASF is purified here annually.
The waste water first reaches the main duct in which large rakes take out bulky solid matter from the water. The core of the plant is biological purification: Billions of bacteria transform polluting agents into sewage sludge, carbon dioxide and water.
The environmental centre monitors the inlet and outlet of the wastewater. If there is material in the inlet which would damage the operation of the wastewater e treatment plant, the environmental center diverts the polluted water to a reservoir pool where it is specially treated.
The plant can dispose of over 400,000 tonnes of sewage sludge annually
The sewage sludge is transported to the sewage sludge incinerator and incinerated. The steam created is used to generate electricity and stored in the district heating network. The plant can dispose of over 400,000 tonnes of sewage sludge annually, approximately the half of which comes from BASF.
3. The Intermodal Transport Terminal
From road to rail and vice versa – since it started operating in 2000, the intermodal transport terminal in Ludwigshafen has made it possible to link together trucks and trains as means of transport in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way.
With conventional transport of goods by rail, goods are only transported in trains and they cannot be transferred onto other means of transport. In intermodal transport, road and rail are combined. For example, the goods may be collected at the production facility at the plant by truck, driven to the terminal, transferred by crane from the truck to a train and then transported on by rail. At the receiving terminal, a truck once again handles the goods and transports them on to their final destination. The advantage is that long distances can be covered by rail in an environmentally friendly way.
Up to 500,000 load units per year
The terminal was sited in the north of the BASF plant in order to move traffic out of the city of Ludwigshafen and minimize the environmental impact. It covers around 260,000 square meters and boasts thirteen tracks for handling goods. It is spanned by eight gantry cranes at a height of around 20 meters. Up to 500,000 load units can be handled here each year. The terminal is available for external carriers and shippers to use. It therefore makes a substantial contribution in helping to make the region more attractive as a logistical hub.