Rubis Terminals, which operates eight terminals with 1.8 million cubic metres of space in France, is developing its activities in the ARA region of the Netherlands. A new terminal is being built in Rotterdam on an 8 hectare space in Botlek.
The tanks measuring 82,000 cubic metres will be commissioned in April 2008, and the terminal storage capacity will reach 150,000 cubic metres, holding petroleum products, biofuels and chemicals.
Phase one is divided between six 12,000 cubic metre tanks used for storage and blending of petroleum products ranging from gas oil to fuel oil, and four 2500 stainless steel tanks each in a separate tankpit, suitable for most chemical products.
The terminal can accommodate two deep sea vessels of up to a 13.6 metre draft at once, one coaster, and one barge along its quays and jetties. The second phase, planned for 2011, to bring the total capacity up to 400,000 cubic metres, will deal with commodities and large tanks for LPG and petrochemical products.
Construction could start by the end of 2007, with the first tanks commissioned by early 2009.