Theo Steil GmbH plans to invest several million euros in a new branch in the Cologne-Godorf harbour by the end of 2020. The aim is to establish a state-of-the-art metal recycling facility with handling, storage and treatment plants for ferrous and non-ferrous scrap.
As part of public involvement, we would like to offer all interest citizens an overview of the project and the project’s progress.
- Public informational event about the project
- Presentation on public involvement – Hotel am Rhein, Wesseling
- Presentation on public involvement – Hotel am Rhein, Wesseling
Preparation of application documents
Over the past weeks, various well-known engineering firms have been commissioned to prepare the necessary certificates.
Preliminary meetings were held with several specialist departments from the competent authorities.
The future neighbours have been or will be informed about the project.
Brief presentation of the project during a public informational event held by the Sürth citizen association
On 14.11.2017, Theo Steil GmbH was invited by the 2nd Chairman of the citizen association “für Sürth”, Mr Manfred Giesen, to present the project during a public informational event. The event organiser did not record the presentation from Theo Steil GmbH as a separate agenda item in the meeting’s program, since other more pressing projects in the Sürth region were concerned. Nevertheless it was agreed that this event should be used to present the project of Theo Steil GmbH. In a brief talk, the Theo Steil company and the significant details regarding the company’s relocation from Deutz harbour to Godorf harbour were discussed using a PowerPoint presentation. Approximately 120 audience members were present. At the request of the event organiser, no discussion was held.
Various certificates are now at the preliminary draft phase. It has already been determined that substantial protective measures and reduction measures will be necessary for
environmental preservation and to protect the neighbourhood. Our planned protective measures and reduction measures will be fine-tuned over the next several weeks, ensuring that there is not likely to be any negative impact on the surrounding neighbourhood.
In this phase of project planning, small changes occur nearly every day due to various internal stipulations and external standards. Accordingly, the planning documents are still currently subject to a degree of change that will reduce as planning continues.
Submission of the application for approval
On 17.10.2018 the Theo Steil GmbH submitted the application for approval according to § 4 BlmSchG for the new branch in the Cologne-Godorf harbor. In addition to that the application for approval under water right according under § 8 WHG in conjunction with LWG – NRW has been send in advance to the District Council of Cologne.
Initiation of the application for approval
On 11.07.2019 the Cologne District Council confirmed the completeness of the application documents and initiated the approval process according to § 10 BImSchG and § 7 subsection 2 of 9th BImSchV. The project is published in the Official Journal of the Cologne District Council and the regional daily (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger) under the in category ‘Bekanntmachungen’. The application documents are displayed to the public from the 12.08.2019 up to the 11.09.2019. The publication place and time are defined in the journals. Until the 11.10.2019 it is possible raise objection. The Journals contain further information on this subject. On the 17.12.2019 from 10.00 a.m. the public hearing is taking place at the community Hall of the ‘Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Sürth-Weiß’.
Initiation of the application for approval under water rightInitiation of the application for approval under water right
On 11.07.2019 the Cologne District Council confirmed the completeness of the application documents under water right and initiated the approval process according to § 2 subsection 1 sentence 1 and § 4 sentence 1 of the regulation for approval and monitoring of industrial wastewater treatment plants and water usage (IZÜV). The project is published in the Official Journal of the Cologne District Council and the regional daily (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger) in the category ‘Bekanntmachungen’. The application documents are displayed to the public from the 12.08.2019 up to the 11.09.2019. The publication place and time are defined in the journals. Until the 11.10.2019 it is possible raise objection. The Journals contain further information on this subject. On the 17.12.2019 from 10.00 a.m. the public hearing is taking place at the community Hall of the ‘Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Sürth-Weiß’.
Presentation of the project during a public informational event held by the Sürth citizen association
The Theo Steil GmbH was again invited by the citizen association “für Sürth” to present the project itself, as well as the current state of the project. Approximately 100 audience members were present and able to ask questions.
Open council in order to the current state of the project in Cologne-Godorf
On 16.12.2019 Theo Steil GmbH was invited by the citizen association “für sürth” to the Cologne Church of the Resurrection. Representatives of Theo Steil GmbH presented the chronological order and timeframe for the official procedures, as well as further details. Approximately 100 audience members were present and able to ask questions on the project.
Informative meeting of the project Godorf/branch Cologne
On 27.01.2020 employees of the branch in Cologne and Dr. Satlow got together to talk about the further development of the project in Cologne-Godorf. Afterwards the employees were able to ask questions on the project.
Further initiation of the approval process
The Cologne District Council confirmed the completeness of the application documents and re-initiated the approval process.
Press information by the Cologne District Council: Public hearing Theo Steil canceled
The primarily scheduled public hearing, regarding Theo Steil’s relocation from Deutz harbor to Godorf harbor on 03.06.2020, was canceled due to the coronavirus without replacement. The documents were displayed to the public. Therefore it was possible for fellow citizens to raise objection. The incoming objections are currently processed by the Cologne District Council. During the further process a concluding statement, as well as amendments are going to be required by the involved authorities and the applicants. Theo Steil GmbH did apply for approval and authorization to start the project ahead of schedule. The aim is to conclude the proceedings by September 2020.
The Cologne district authority approved the early start of construction by the company Steil.
The company Theo Steil GmbH was granted approval on 19.08.2020 for the new Godorf site to begin preparatory measures. These include primary compensatory measures, the set-up of protective fences, a general construction site installation, the removal of earth walls, the implementation of soil replacement measures and the foundation of media pipelines. These measures may be carried out before the license is granted. No operating license is linked to this. A decision by the Cologne district authority is still pending. Should the notice of approval not be granted, the Steil company has contractually committed itself to the State of NRW to restore the original condition. At the request of the company Theo Steil, the Cologne District Government has ordered the immediate enforcement of the license after a thorough examination of the relevant interests.