Dutch tank storage company Standic, (which is part of the family-owned Hametha group), is on schedule to double its total capacity with a new chemical storage terminal in Antwerp.
Standic already has a terminal in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, but is now building a new storage terminal in the 5th Haven dock in the Port of Antwerp, with an initial capacity of around 95 000 m3 and a potential total capacity of some 230 000 m3.
Building work is continuing despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which means the terminal is on schedule. The first part of the terminal will be put into operation at the beginning of 2021.
Hametha Managing Director Ronald Ooms said the state-of-the-art facility will be fully automated, with built-in sustainability features such as onshore power for ships moored at the terminal, to meet the requirements of the customer.
Ooms said: “Port of Antwerp is known as one of the largest maritime clusters in the world, which is why we chose it for our expansion. We aim to build on our success with chemical storage and further expand it. In Antwerp we will be able to further develop in the niche market of more specialised chemicals and serve our customers from all over the world.”
The capital investment for the new storage terminal is around €200 million. Like the terminal in the Netherlands, the focus will be on niche chemical markets and distribution of chemical products. The size of the storage tanks varies from 500 to 3500 m3.
Large chemical tankers will be able to reach the terminal easily thanks to the favourable depth in the port. In addition to its accessibility by water – both by sea and by inland waterway – the location is also very favourable for rail transport.
For more information visit www.standic.com