Opening of the new transfer station Leuna Nord for the chemical site Leuna
On 29 May 2017, Thomas Webel, Minister of Transport and Regional Development of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Thomas Kleinsteuber, Head of Sales for DB Netz AG in the south-eastern regional area, Dr. Willi Frantz, Managing Director of TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH and the Managing Director of InfraLeuna GmbH, Dr. Christof Günther together officially launched the transfer station Leuna Nord at the chemical site Leuna with a symbolic ribbon cutting.
“With this opening, we celebrate an important milestone for our area of railway logistics. As of today, we have two links to the Deutsche Bahn network. We are therefore creating the basis for further growth and the highest reliability for our clients at the Leuna chemical site on an especially eco-friendly itinerary.” Dr. Christof Günther states.
“In rail freight transport, it is a clear trend that, along with traditional bulk goods such as coal and steel, also bulk chemicals and container transport have long played a significant role. It is a sign of the times that has been recognised and implemented here at the site.”, Minister Thomas Webel emphasised in his welcoming speech.
Twelve million tons of goods are annually taken away from the chemical site Leuna – around 70 percent by rail. In order to manage the expected increase of transport quantities in the next few years, InfraLeuna made investments of around Euro 7 million for the installation of the new transfer station Leuna Nord, to the west of the regional station „Leuna-Werke Nord“.
Thanks to the cooperation between InfraLeuna and DB Netz AG, this large project could be realised on time and on budget.
“Opening this new station is also a milestone for DB Netz AG. I am pleased that we could significantly strengthen the competitive situation on the railway for the logistics site Leuna with the realisation of this common project.”, Thomas Kleinsteuber said.
Another investment by InfraLeuna to strengthen railway logistics is the purchase of a new large diesel locomotive, the VECTRON by Siemens. The powerful locomotive is used for heavy freight trains up to 2,500 tons to Gera, Niederpöllnitz, Piesteritz, Karlsruhe, Böhlen, Bitterfeld and Zeitz.