2010 - 2019 The Chemical Industrial Park Knapsack’s Model for the Future

2010

  • LyondellBasell’s HDPE plant, which has been inoperative since 2005, will be dismantled at the beginning of the year.
  • Praxair begins with the construction of a new and more modern air separation facility. When the new facility is finished at the end of 2010, their 40 year old plant will be decommissioned.
  • The RHEIN-ERFT AKADEMIE, a subsidiary of InfraServ Knapsack, will be taken over by the Foundation for Education and Trade (Stiftung für Bildung & Handwerk) at the end of March.
  • The “House of NICA”, which was designed and built by apprentices, will be officially opened by the middle of the year. (A project dedicated to the sustainability of chemical occupations).
  • The first hydrogen vehicle filling station will be opened at the beginning of May.
  • Statkraft will introduce its construction plans for their new power plant in the Chemical Industrial Park Knapsack in September.
  • Dirk Boehme will be taking over from Wolfgang Althaus as head of the refuse derived fuel power station in October.

 

2011

  • Jörn Müller will follow Achim Rodekirchen and becomes the youngest Operations Manager to date at Basell in Knapsack.
  • Groundbreaking ceremony took place for the electronic marshalling interlocking system for rail operations of InfraServ Knapsack.
  • Test phase of two hydrogen buses of the short distance public transport of the cities of Hürth and Brühl has started. The buses are fueled at the Hürth gate of The Chemical Industrial Park Knapsack.
  • Statkraft receives construction and operations authorization from the District Council of Cologne for the construction and operation of their second power station.
  • The demolition of Clariant's Oxaphospholan plant, which was decommissioned in late 2008, will be completed by the end of October. The property will then return to InfraServ Knaspack.
  • The administration building of Bayer CropScience was extended by 500 sq. meters for offices and was built based on the newest eco-construction techniques.
  • In September Dr. Frank Zurmühlen handed over the site management of Bayer CropScience in Knapsack to Dr. Udo Schneider.

  

2012

  • In March plans for a new entrance to the works section Hürth were introduced
  • Nexans delivers the first current limitinjg device with new superconductors from Knapsack in the spring
  • The emergency management team of InfraServ Knapsack for the site Chemiepark Knapsack begins operations in their new offices for Central Incident Response Command (Zentrale Einsatzleitung = ZEL) in April.
  • The Bayer Cross is also dedicated in Knapsack in May.
  • The Rhein-Erft Akademie is presented with the local business award from the Arbeitskreis Wirtschaft Hürth (AWH) in June.
  • Clariant commissions their DEPAL II plant in July doubling its flame retardant production at the site in Knapsack.
  • Dr. Michael Winhold takes over as provisional site manager of Vinnolit from Dr. Michael Freise from 1 July.
  • After almost 27 years at the site in Knapsack and 12 year tenure as Managing Director of InfraServ Knapsack, Helmut Weihers retires at the end of December.

 

2013

  • As of 1 January 2013 a change in executive management, specifically dual leadership is implemented for the first time at InfraServ Knapsack: Ralf Müller (chairman) and Dr. Clemens Mittelviefhaus take over the executive management of InfraServ Knapsack.
  • In January the new entrance gate in the works section Hürth is officially opened and presented to the public.
  • The Rhein-Erft Akademie celebrates its ten year Company jubileein the spring.
  • Bayer CropScience extends the production capacity of its crop protection operations further and invests 30 million Euros in the Chemiepark Knapsack in March.
  • In April Vinnolit reorganizes its top Management and Jürgen Eichler takes over site Management from Dr. Michael Winhold.
  • Dr. Hanno Limburg replaces Jörn Müller as Operations Manager at LyondellBasell in April as well.
  • BK Giulini takes over the phosphorus pentasulfide plant from Thermphos in Knapsack in May.
  • After two years of construction Statkraft's new gas and steam power plant II (GuD II) goes into operation at the site in Knapsack in June.
  • In the summer PERSONALTransfair celebrates its seven year Company jubilee. 
  • E.ON, the company that operates the refuse derived power plant in Knapsack, changes the firm's name to EEW Energy fom Waste Saarbrücken GmbH in July.
  • Vinnolit celebrates 20 years of PVC production at the Knapsack site in the summer.
  • The Chemiepark Knapsack presents its new brand identity in August.
  • The synlab Umweltinstitut GmbH takes over the analysis sector of InfraServ Knapsack at the sites Knapsack and Wiesbaden from 1. August 2013.
  • In August the new central warehouse of Statkraft at the Knapsack site is completed and goes into use.
  • BK Giulini appears on the scene as ICL from the end of October.
  • In December 2013 the phosphorus pentasulfide plant belonging to ICL Performance Products celebrates its 50th anniversary.

 

2014

  • Bayer CropScience starts a new production line for fungicides thereby doubling its production capacity at the site in Knapsack.
  • The fire department's radio transceivers are changed from analog to digital technology.
  • The worldwide longest super conductor cabel of Nexans SuperConductors in Knapsack connects two transformer stations in central Essen and is seen as a pilot project for the future supply of energy for urban centers. 
  • The AWH business award is presented to the Infraserv Knapsack subsidiary PERSONALTransfair, a business dealing in professional reorientation.
  • CABB installs two new tanks for monochloroacetic acid solution.
  • InfraServ Knapsack advances into the top-ten ranking of the renowned Lünendonk-Liste for the first time.
  • 3,500 visitors came to the Chemiepark Knapsack for the nationwide Open Day of the chemical industry in September 2014.
  • The Rhein-Erft Akademie expands its workshop facility for technology training. 

 

2015

  • PERSONALTransfair is sold to the Stiftung Bildung und Handwerk (Education and Craft Foundation) by InfraServ Knapsack.
  • Achim Rodekirchen takes over the position of Operations Manager for the plants of LyondellBasell from Dr. Hanno Limburg as of 1 January 2015.
  • ICL Performance Products installs an additional supply holding tank for raw material as well as a corresponding rail unloading point.
  • Exeminations for power plant foreman are carried out at the Rhein-Erft Akademie for the first time.
  • KCG, the operator of the container terminal obtains a new reach-stacker.
  • Vinnolit expands the sodium hydroxide loading and unloading station of the chlorine plant.
  • Rhein-Erft Akademie: Dr. Kerstin Vorberg took over management succeeding Michael Maier on November 1, 2015.
  • Bayer CropScience has set up the PUMA training center in cooperation with the Rhein-Erft Akademie. 65 new employees are being trained for the operational facilities currently under construction. The PSM-5 plant is planned to be commissioned in the summer of 2017.
  • Vinnolit’s Managing Director, Dr. Josef Ertl, retires. His successor is Dr. Karl-Martin Schellerer.
  • Bayer CropScience expands further at the site in Knapsack: Groundbreaking ceremony for the new MPE crop protection production plant (methane phosphorous acid ester). Production is planned to commence at the beginning of 2017.
  • ICL Performance Products dedicates its new unloading station.
  • Rhein-Erft Akademie: a successful and well attended Open Day.
  • Friedhelm Breuer retires. Bert Richartz is the new head of the Works Fire Department.
  • NOVA-Institute expands and moves to a new location: Building 0611

 

2016

  • On January 1, 2016 the divestment of the three business units: Additives, Pigments and Masterbatches of Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH to the wholly-owned subsidiary Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH was carried out.
  • In January 2016 Bernd Nowack takes over the crop protection production site of Bayer CropScience AG in the Chemiepark Knapsack from Dr. Udo Schneider
  • Rhein-Erft Akademie carries out another Kids-Akademie:  Fourth-graders become enthusiastic about chemistry thanks to exciting laboratory experiments.
  • Record attendance at the first meeting for the community dialogue of the Chemiepark Knapsack  in 2016
  • Topping out ceremony of the new MPE (methane phosphonus acid ester) operations control Center of Bayer CropScience AG
  • KCG Knapsack Cargo GmbH officially puts the new storage area for tank Containers in the Chemiepark Knapsack, section Huerth, into operation at the beginning of June.
  • Installation of the distillation column - the heart of the new MPE production plant of Bayer CropScience AG.
  • In June Dr. Andree Henze hands over the site management of Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH to Dr. Gerhard Obernosterer.
  • ClariantPlastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH carries out demolition work near the phoshorus processing plant in Knapsack.
  • InfraServ Knapsack builds an extension for defective equipment in Knapsack
  • The Chemiepark Knapsack Hosts the first Night of Technology Rhine-Erft in September 2016
  • The Company Hanke Aromastoff Produktions GmbH, newly established in the Chemiepark, section Knapsack, builds a new operational building opening four laboatories.
  • The hazardous goods logistics specialist Kube & Kubenz leaves the Chemiepark Knapsack.
  • China's leading utility company Beijing Enterprises becomes a new Partner of EEW Energy from Waste GmbH.
  • Topping out ceremony of the new MPE production plant of Bayer CropScience AG

 

 

 

 

 

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.