Chemical storage capacity on the Rhine in Germany is set to grow as Inter Terminals announces plans to construct additional tanks.
The six new 1,500 m3 stainless steel tanks at the company’s facilities near Mannheim, Germany are in response to strong and growing demand for specialty chemical storage services from the chemical production industry in south west Germany.
The €6 million investment will add 9,000 m3 of storage to existing mild and stainless steel tankage at the two-terminal complex on the River Rhine.
Total storage capacity at Mannheim Terminals will be 312,000 m3 spread across 140 tanks once this expansion is fully commissioned by the end of 2015.
The growth in demand for chemical storage is reflective of the scale of production in the region and the increased product shipments of commodities, raw materials and finished products.
Inter Terminals Mannheim MD Frank Schulze, says: ‘Generally speaking, the chemical industry invests preferentially in production rather than storage.
‘Whilst some chemical plants do have their own storage facilities, there is still a requirement for excess capacity to be outsourced, or for buffering while production facilities undergo maintenance and repair.’