Phase one of Botlek Tank Terminal’s (BTT) construction project, which began in April 2010, has been commissioned.
On 4 December BTT sent out a tanker from tankpit 20, which was carrying 4,000 tonnes of biodiesel. In addition, BTT has since discharged an additional 3,000 tonnes of biodiesel from a cargo ship that was stored in tankpit 20 also.
Polimex-Mostostal of Warsaw, Poland constructed the €70 million project.
The terminal comprises 34 storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 200,000m3; 130,000m3 of this will be used to store clean fuels, while the remaining 70,000m3 is earmarked for biodiesel and edible oils.
The new terminal is operational 24/7 and also comprises deepwater berths and a 420m jetty that can handle two seagoing vessels with a draught of up to 115,000dwt and two barges simultaneously.