By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ On-line news editor
Brussels- German, Dutch and Belgian authorities have gained European Commission approval to provide Euro27 million in aid for the construction of a propylene pipeline in north west Europe. The funds will go to the European Pipeline Company (EPC), a consortium of petrochemical companies.
EPC will own and operate the pipeline, which will extend from Rotterdam, via Antwerp, Tessenderloo and Geleen, to Cologne and the German Ruhr-area. The pipeline, which is costed at around Euro200 million, will be open to all producers of propylene on a non-discriminatory basis, according to a 16 June Commission statement.
The EC approved the proposed aid because pipelines produces less pollution, are safer than other modes of transport and help to reduce traffic congestion. The project, it added, â€œis strategically important for the continued viability and competitiveness of the propylene producing and processing industry in the areas concerned.â€