A construction consortium consisting of De Vries en Van der Wiel and Geka has handed over the extension of the Botlek Tank Terminal (BTT) site to the port of Rotterdam.
Through land reclamation, the port is planning to add a further five hectares to the pre-existing terminal facilities, allowing for an enormous increase in storage capacity – from 200,000 m3 to approximately 750,000 m3.
Rotterdam plans to add a further 550,000 m3 of liquid bulk tank storage, used for the storage of transportation fuels and edible oils.
Talks are already underway with potential customers, and the port plans to increase capacity in stages.
The existing Phase I consists of 34 storage tanks with a combined storage capacity of 200,000m3, of which 130,000 m3 is earmarked for transportation fuels and the remaining 70,000m3 for edible oils and biodiesel.
The 420-metre long sea jetty is capable of handling two 115,000 deadweight tonne vessels simultaneously.
Furthermore, Phase I qualifies as a ‘zero emission terminal’ meaning it is one of the first environmentally sound tanks in the world.
An environmental permit for subsequent expansion has already been issued by the regional environmental authority, DCMR.