1940 - 1949 War, destruction and a new beginning

1944

On 28 October 80% of the works is destroyed in an air strike. The administration building in Cologne also falls victim to the bombs. Production comes to a halt for a long time.

1945

The works are handed over to the American troops. Immediately after the war ends reconstruction of the works is begun, despite having to overcome great difficulties. One carbide plant is commissioned.

1946

The acetic acid and acetone plants begin operations anew. Two further carbide furnaces can be activated once again.

Dr. Friedbert Ritter of the British military government is appointed as Public Trustee and assigned to the directorate.

1949

Knapsack rebuilds its granulated calcium cyanamide plant. The number of staff members reaches over 2000, as many as before the war.

Dr. Friedbert Ritter
The works train is the oldest operation in today’s Chemical Park Knapsack.

ENERGY SUPPLY

The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time. 

ENERGY SUPPLY

The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time.