Rhein-Main Pipeline System

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Rhein-Main Pipeline System is an oil products pipeline in Germany.

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The Rhein-Main Pipeline System is an oil products pipeline system in Germany. The pipeline system is 525 km in length from the German-Dutch border near Venlo to the southwest German region of Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Royal Dutch Shell (63%), BP (35%), ExxonMobil (2%)
  • Current capacity: 250,000 barrels per day[1]
  • Length: 525 km / 326.2 mi
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1965

Background

The Rhein-Main Pipeline System is an oil products pipeline system in Germany. The pipeline system is 525 km in length from the German-Dutch border near Venlo to the southwest German region of Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen am Rhein. The Venlo line is split at the pumping station in Udenheim. In 2005, the throughput of mineral oil products amounted to 11.6 million tonnes. Along the 525 km long pipeline, there are nine pumping stations to increase pressure, six branch, 13 feed and exit stations for refineries, chemical plants and tank warehouses as well as 37 line valves.

Pumping stations with a total installed capacity of 32,000 kW are located in Herongen, Dinslaken, Ratingen, Geyen, Cologne-Godorf, Wesseling, Ramersbach, Schwall, and Udenheim . Tank farms in Homberg, Dinslaken, Cologne-Niehl, Gustavsburg, Flörsheim, Raunheim and Ludwigshafen are connected to the pipeline. Petrochemical plants and refineries in Bottrop, Dormagen, Cologne-Godorf, Wesseling, and Oppau are connected to the pipeline. In 2006, the telecontrol system of the pipeline was fundamentally modernized.

On May 5, 1991, at 7:20 am, there was a pipeline failure due to a subsidence. About 280 m³ of gas were released near the motorway junction Dinslaken-Nord and partially seeped into the ground. A part reached over the Rotbach to Hiesfeld and triggered a fish extinction there. About 5,000 m³ of contaminated soil had to be removed and 300-400 trees had to be cleared.

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