Two energy companies have joined forces in an industrial waste heat project using a refinery in Gelsenkirchen,North Rhine-Westphalia.
Uniper and BP have signed an agreement to provide the former company's customers with industrial waste heat from BP's refinery facilities in Gelsenkirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia). According to the two companies, the EUR 40 million agreement provides for the construction and operation of a plant capable of extracting up to 49 MW of waste heat. Uniper's integrated heating network supplies the cities of Gladbeck, Gelsenkirchen, Recklinghausen, Herne, and Datteln. The decoupled waste heat could be supplied to around 30,000 households in the northern Ruhr region. The project has also received funding from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action in the small double-digit million euro range. Regular operation is planned for 2024 as part of plans to reduce Uniper CO2 emission levels by up to 60,000 tons annually.