Antwerp-based ADPO awarded a contract to Engicon nv (Geldof) for the design, construction and placement of 57 storage tanks, 34 of which are to be in ordinary steel and 23 in stainless steel.

The tanks will be used for three tank farms in the new ADPO LLH (Liefkenshoek Logistic Hub) Terminal, which ADPO is building on the left bank of the Scheldt. Harelbeke-based Geldof made a convincing offer with a tailor-made approach and “good pricing”. The project is expected to be completed this autumn.


For the project, ADPO was looking for a supplier that could deliver and install on-site completely finished tanks with a height of up to 12m. The 57 tanks weigh between 9 and 47 tons and have a capacity of between 150 cbm and 1,500 cbm. “Our shop-built approach is a perfect match for these expectations. It means we keep our activities at the new greenfield site to a minimum so that the customer can focus on other activities such as civil works, piping and utilities,” said Kevin Mortier, project manager at Geldof. “The tanks will be equipped with stairs, platforms, fire extinguishing water pipes, etc, to make rapid assembly possible. This saves a lot of time compared to construction on-site and the customer can start using the tank farm almost immediately.”


Meanwhile, production of the tanks is underway. The installation of the first tanks was at the end of July and the final one will be installed in October. Mortier added: “For the construction of these tanks we are setting up project-specific production lines. In addition, a number of components and semi-finished products are being made simultaneously and assembled into a whole. This allows us to deliver high-quality and fully finished tanks within the short lead time specified.”


To produce the tanks, Geldof will work with sister company G&G International in Willebroek. A part of the tanks will be assembled at the G&G site, which has a direct waterway link to Antwerp. The shipment will happen in three phases, the first of which is planned for the end of July. The three tank farms will provide a storage capacity of 37,500 cbm.


20th September 2014