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Intel Magdeburg: Massive action planned to save the soil

It was not long ago that Intel announced its location decision for the new large chip factory in Magdeburg. The plans are already taking shape and at the moment everything revolves around the valuable topsoil that has to be removed on site.

Normally, the soil that is not needed in construction projects is removed and simply deposited in a suitable place. However, that would be a shame at the planned location. Because the new chip factory is being built in the Magdeburg Börde, a region with one of the most fertile black soils in the entire country.

The building plans, therefore, provide that the topsoil, which is 30 to 50 centimeters thick on site, is removed as cleanly as possible and offered to the farmers in the region. “First of all, the farmers have access to the land. It will only be offered to other interested parties when farming is no longer needed,” explains Sandra Yvonne Stieger, economic counselor of the city of Magdeburg, according to the German news agency.

Huge logistical effort

The move requires intensive planning. As Urban Jülich of the farmers’ association Börde explained, you need to get the topsoil to your new area relatively quickly. Because in addition to the mineral composition, the soil life is also of crucial importance. If the black earth were first collected in a heap and left there for a while, it would in fact be dead and thus lost to any meaningful secondary use.

The land is made available to the farmers free of charge. However, it is not feasible for them to come with their own trucks and pick up what they need. That would not be logistically feasible. Because 600,000 tons of black soil must be removed from the area of ​​the future Intel factory, which corresponds to a total of 24,000 truckloads. This only works with the commitment of a large service provider that can be integrated as a planning element.