The journey leads across the BASF factory premises, a gray city on ten square kilometers, with 2000 small factories, including its own hospital. It goes past kilometers of pipelines, stacked on top of each other in dozen of floors, through which liquids and gases flow non-stop. It steams everywhere. The streets here are called Methanol, Ammonia and Urea Streets – names that indicate what is being produced where. People are nowhere to be seen, they sit in inconspicuous buildings and control the systems via monitors.
The red and white barrier is over. Danger zone. Thousands of ovens of enormous size are lined up closely behind it. The heating system for the Steamcracker II alone is 13 soccer fields,