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Working at full steam

A new steam network in the Antwerp harbor helps LANXESS to optimize energy costs and cut emissions

In future, LANXESS will optimize its energy costs and reduce emissions at the Antwerp site. Therefore the first pipe for the new industrial steam network ECLUSE was laid in Waasland Port in Belgium early February 2017. Through a five-kilometer network of pipes the steam will be transported from two producers to six customers from 2018 onwards. LANXESS is one of the major customers of this steam network. When operational, ECLUSE will reduce emissions by 100 000 tons of CO2 per year and enable the companies to purchase steam and heat according to their own requirements.

Expected emission reduction of 10.000 tons of CO2

The first pipeline for the new industrial steam network ECLUSE was laid in Waasland Port on 6 February, ECLUSE - eerste buislegging warmtenet

The first pipeline for the new industrial steam network ECLUSE was laid in Waasland Port on 6 February, Copyright ECLUSE

Superheated steam is generated during incineration which is then transported through an insulated steam pipe to the users of the heat. The steam is transported at high pressure (±40 bar) and temperature (±400°C). This method of transport is very efficient and is without appreciable loss of temperature or pressure.

“The project is very important for our two plants in Kallo, in the Antwerp harbor. The new heat network gives LANXESS more flexibility to choose between the on-site steam production and the supply from the ECLUSE network, which results in an optimization of the energy costs. For LANXESS, as one of the major clients of the network, we expect a reduced per year,” said Luc Varigas, Country Representative of LANXESS in Belgium.

Winner of the Port of Antwerp Sustainability Award

The network has been designed so that it can grow over time, and cater for a CO2 reduction equivalent to the installation of 100 wind turbines. The importance of ECLUSE has been further highlighted by the first Port of Antwerp Sustainability Award, which was presented to the project by the port community in November 2016.