Glencore, together with Sea-Invest Group, has invested €250 million in the construction of a state-of-the-art petroleum products terminal in the port of Antwerp. This new 40-tank terminal gives us a storage capacity of 918,000m3 in the heart of the north-western European oil market and allows us to minimise our handlings and transhipments through centralisation of our oil import and export logistics. Fully commissioned since the end of 2012, the terminal is operated to minimise its environmental impact and meets current and anticipated legislation and regulatory requirements.
Located on the site of a former coal and ore storage site, construction started in September 2010. A key priority during construction was to minimise the environmental impact of the building works. Through recycling materials generated by demolishing the old warehouses and other infrastructure, we were able to limit the amount of new construction materials needed. In order to meet our stringent water management targets, we reused surface water as much as possible during the tank testing processes, allowing us to lessen our usage of captured water. In addition, the site was levelled in such a way that no removal of excavated soil was needed.
Emissions capture is a key performance indicator for the terminal. Emissions of volatile organic carbon (VOC) are mainly produced during loading/unloading and storage of volatile products, such as gasoline and ethanol.
To prevent emissions from loading barges and seagoing vessels, vapour lines redirect vapours to a vapour recovery unit (VRU). The VRU absorbs the vapour on active carbon beds. The carbon beds are periodically regenerated, allowing the absorbed vapours to be redissolved in a gasoline bypass stream. This enables almost complete recovery of the product.
Emissions from the storage facility have been kept to a minimum through equipping the gasoline, jet fuel and/or ethanol tanks with internal floating roofs and external dome roofs. The vapour space between the two roofs is connected to the VRU, allowing vapours to be recaptured during loading. These features make the facility compliant with the BAT standard.
All tank pits, pumping platforms and marine loading arms areas are connected to a hydrocarbon-separator to prevent water pollution, and are equipped with impermeable floors to prevent soil pollution.
The terminal's excellent maritime access and its adherence to environmental best practice makes it well positioned to support our global petroleum products trade during the 21st century.