VTG kicks off project cargo movement for BASF facility in Schwarzheide
VTG Project Logistics has kicked off project cargo movement for an air separation plant in Schwarzheide, Germany. The facility will later on supply process gases for the new BASF cathode active materials production plant.
The new plant for cathode active materials is located at the BASF site in Schwarzheide, Germany, one of the largest European sites within the BASF Group. The new plant will focus on the production of high-energy density cathode active materials and use precursors from the new plant in Harjavalta, Finland.
The BASF facility will have an initial capacity to supply around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year with its battery materials. It includes two production lines that can be expanded quickly to respond to increasing market demand. BASF is making a significant push in E-Mobility. The goal is to double the range of midsize electric vehicles by 2025 to around 600 kilometres on one charge, with batteries half the size of those currently in use and significantly reduced charging times.
For the project, VTG Project Logistics transported a 24 metre long storage vessel from Magdeburg in Lower Saxony to Schwarzheide in Brandenburg. The transport combination was 53 metres long and weighed about 150 tons in total. It was a matter of centimetres when passing some bridges on the German motorway.
Other large parts were reloaded from inland waterway vessels onto truck in Saxony and are currently on their way up North to Schwarzheide. Due to the load height of 6 meters, numerous traffic lights had to be turned and electrical lines disconnected during the transport.
However, VTG noted that this is only the start of the project cargo deliveries for the air separation facility over the coming months.