On 21 July 2015, Botlek Tank Terminal (BTT) reached the milestone of half a million tonnes handled by rail.
In the past two years various customers have used the new rail loading and discharge facility, part of BTT’s vision to provide all modes of transport and is a response to growing customer demand for rail movement. The rail loading rack is used to handle block trains with biodiesel, as well as palm and soybean oil. The facility can also be used for other vegetable oils, such as sunflower and rapeseed. In future, the facility can also be expanded to handle products such as aviation fuels, gasoline and diesel.
The loading/unloading station has two rail tracks with a length of 340m. A block train of 24 wagons can be handled with expansion possibilities up to 30 wagons. With a capacity of 400 tonnes per hour, six wagons can simultaneously be loaded or discharged. Accordingly, two block trains a day can be handled.
BTT has 34 storage tanks, with a total capacity of 200,000 cbm. Of this, 130.000 cbm is suitable for storing clean fuels and 70,000 for biodiesel and vegetable oils.