UK energy company BP has completed a project to expand its fuels terminal in the Amsterdam harbour area in The Netherlands.
An increase in the number of jetties and modifications to existing facilities will reduce waiting times for seagoing vessels and barges and enable the terminal to significantly grow its throughput.
The 65 million project has taken about two and a half years, of which the actual build was 13 months.
The BP Amsterdam Terminal (BAT) now has four additional jetties for barges and one additional jetty for seagoing vessels.
Further work which has taken place included modifications to the terminals already existing seagoing jetties, pipe networks and road infrastructure.
A significant amount has also been invested in minimising release of vapours during loading and unloading of ships, by connecting the new seagoing jetty to a VRU (vapour recovery unit) one of the first in the Amsterdam harbour area. All other jetties at the terminal will also be connected to a second VRU at the end of this year.
These adjustments will allow the terminal to handle more vessels and significantly increase its throughput.
With 77 tanks and a total storage capacity of 1 million m3, it is one of the largest fuels storage facilities in Amsterdam and Europe. In total, the BAT now has nine jetties for barges and three for seagoing vessels. Next to this, the terminal has a loading rack for trucks.