Environmental, construction and discharge permits have been secured for the 1.3 million m3 HES Hartel Tank Terminal project in the Port of Rotterdam.
The awarding of these permits represents a major step forward in the development of the liquid bulk storage terminal for the storage and transshipment of clean petroleum products and biofuels.
Contracts with contractors have been signed, construction works have started and a comprehensive funding package of limited resource project financing and equity commitments have successfully been secured.
The new terminal will be the first in the Netherlands that will be built according to the latest PGS 29 regulations for tank storage, meaning that the facility will meet very high safety and environmental standards.
Additionally, HES International will invest in an automated system to fight a tank bund fire, a project to provide shore side electricity for barges and monitoring equipment to detect the release of odorous substances at an early stage. The monitoring equipment is in direct connection with the company's own control room, making it possible to adjust operations immediately when necessary.
The facility will comprise 54 tanks with a capacity of 1.3 million m3, which will vary in size from 5,000 to 50,000 m3 and are suitable for the storage of different products. In addition to transport by pipeline, loading and discharge of products will predominately take place by vessels and barges. The terminal will have six berths for seagoing vessels ranging in size up to VLCCs with a draft of 21 meters. There will also be nine berths for inland barges in the Hudson harbor.
BP has committed to the project, with plans for a pipeline connection between the refinery and the terminal.
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