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Heat and Drought: Combating Production Challenges in Ludwigshafen

06 August 2018 / by BASF SE (author) / Ludwigshafen
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BASF SE has modified production and logistics procedures at its Ludwigshafen site in response to new restrictions on volumes of cooling water that may be extracted from the Rhine during the ongoing heatwave.

The restrictions, which have been introduced to counter falling water levels includes limits on the volumes and temperature of water re-entering manufacturing plants from the river.


Authorities have also indicated use of the Rhine as an inland waterway for transporting goods and raw materials may be curtailed in the event of water levels failing to recover.


In view of the weather and water level forecasts, BASF is preparing to shift to alternative modes of transport in consultation with its customers. In individual cases, delivery bottlenecks may occur if the current weather situation persists.







At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.

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