The expansion of the Noord Natie Terminals (NNT), with two new tank pits with a total of 50,000 cbm, has been completed on schedule. With the new pits now in use, the terminal can offer a total storage capacity of 350,000 cbm.
One has five tanks of 5,000 cbm. Each tank is insulated and equipped with heating coils. The other pit consists of four tanks of 5,000 cbm and two of 2,500 cbm, and are equipped with high viscosity pumps in order to pump products without heating.
One tank is insulated as some customers want the product delivered to them heated. This gives the greatest flexibility to customers as they can store all the grades combined in all the tank pits. One of the new pits also has rail connection on a combined truck and rail weighbridge. A total of five extra truck loading stations are operational, and there are also two new manifolds for vessels and barges. The tank pits are both connected to the rest of the terminal.
The next project is a new office building at the entrance of the terminal. Construction work is planned to start for the second half of 2014. Currently employees are spread over the terminal in small offices or container offices and there is not enough workspace for everybody. New changing rooms, showers and a refectory will also be included in the expansion plans.
Meanwhile the commercialisation of the next project has started. Expansion plans include four new tank pits with a total capacity of 90,000 cbm additional storage. The additional pits can be built as a whole or split into different phases depending on contracts that can be concluded. Tank sizes will be 1,300 cbm, 2,500 cbm and 5,000 cbm, but individual tank types are still open and can be determined depending on demand. Most probably a combination of mild and stainless steel tanks will be built.
Construction should start from 2015. Meanwhile the port will start building new quay walls to bring the draft to 14m followed by dredging works. This will allow Noord Natie to have the new generation of ships to berth at this new part or the terminal.