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Port of Rotterdam releases Facts & Figures report

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has released a report containing a wealth of information about the port’s industrial cluster.

The eighth edition of Facts & Figures offers information about developments in the Port of Rotterdam between 2009 and 2015. The report includes information about local refineries, chemical plants, tank terminals and pipelines, as well as information about biomass and wind power.

One of the key developments for the Port Authority is the opening of Maasvlakte 2. With the construction of this new land reclamation, the Port of Rotterdam has enlarged its total land portfolio by some 20%. This land is made available to next generation developments in the chemical, renewable, container and distribution sectors. Maasvlakte 2 is perfectly situated for exploiting the cluster advantages that have enabled the Port of Rotterdam to become a world class port and industrial complex.

Major investments

In 2011, the Gate terminal for the import of LNG became operational at Maasvlakte. This terminal is already expanding with a breakbulk terminal for the distribution of liquid gas to bunker ships and smaller tankers. Two of the cleanest coal-fired power stations in the world have also started operations in Rotterdam. Many of the chemical companies and oil refineries have invested in the expansion or optimisation of their facilities. And, in recent years, the Port Authority has also seen a strong increase in the number of tank storage facilities. With respect to renewable energy, over the past five years, the port has increased its wind energy capacity by another 56 MW. This means that the port is making good progress when it comes to realising the ambition of 200 MW of wind capacity in the port by 2020.

Energy and petrochemicals

The Port of Rotterdam has proven to be an outstanding hub for the energy and petrochemical sectors. Its pivotal location in Europe, excellent maritime access, substantial economies of scale, wide range of service providers and excellent connections by inland waterways, pipeline, rail and road make Rotterdam the port of choice for the world’s leading (petro)chemical and energy companies.

Moreover, Rotterdam offers attractive cluster advantages, including shared utilities and a range of industrial clients at close hand. Many companies supply their neighbours with raw materials and semi-manufactured products. The residual products of one company can serve as raw materials for the other. Synergies like this create an extremely efficient and profitable business climate for all chemical companies in Rotterdam. And as said, Rotterdam offers room for further growth. The Port of Rotterdam Authority continues to enhance opportunities for existing and future process industries.

Read the report in full here.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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