HES has announced plans to develop a terminal for the storage and transhipment of petroleum products and biofuels at Maasvlakte 1 in Rotterdam.
BP, who owns BP Refinery Rotterdam, has committed to plans for pipeline connections between the refinery and the terminal. The facility will have 52 tanks with a capacity of 1.3 million m3. Additionally, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will invest in a quay wall of 1,100 metres to accommodate three large or five smaller sea-going vessels. There will be nine berths in the Hudson harbour for barges.
The facility, the HES Hartel Tank Terminal, will be an independent storage terminal where customers can store and tranship liquid products. BP has signed a multi-year contract, which will increase its activities in Rotterdam.
Clean petroleum products will be stored at the terminal, including diesel, gasoil and petrol. It will also be possible to blend products, add additives and homogenise cargoes at the terminal. The tanks will vary in size from 5,000 to 50,000 m3. A quay wall will be built to accommodate vessels ranging in size up to VLCCs with a draft of 21 meters.
CEO Jan Vogel says: ‘With the development of this state of the art terminal, HES International demonstrates that it can serve the long-term needs of its customers. At the same time, we are realising our ambitious growth plans. Together with the expansions at our terminals, the new facility will strengthen our position as one of Europe’s most important companies in terms of the storage and transhipment of dry and liquid bulk products.’
The facility is due to be constructed in 2018 and 2019 and is expected to be ready by the end of 2019.