Odfjell Terminals Europe and Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) have signed a Site Reservation Protocol for a plot of land in the Port of Le Havre to develop a bulk liquid terminal.
Construction is currently expected to start in 2015 and the terminal – covering 31.5 hectares of land on the Grand Canal Maritime – is due to open in 2nd half 2017. The total investment for the first phase is estimated to be about EUR 150 – 200 million and will consist of at least 150,000 cbm for storage of petrochemical and petroleum-related products.
In a statement, Jan Hammer, president/CEO of Odfjell SE said: “This site reservation is another important step for expanding and growing our terminal business in Europe. When the terminal is built, we will be able to offer our customers storage capacities in the most important shipping hubs for petrochemicals and other speciality bulk liquids in Europe with presence in Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre.”
The signing completes the phase of call for projects to boost bulk liquid storage activity in Le Havre launched in 2011.
Basic engineering works will now be started before permit applications are submitted and Odfjell and GPMH make a final decision to proceed.
The industrial and port zone of Le Havre and Rouen is the second largest in Europe in terms of industrial setting-up in chemistry and petro-chemistry. In 2012, traffic through the Port of Le Havre was 64 million tons – 36.7 for liquid bulk.