Alpha Terminals invests in new terminal for liquid bulk in North Sea Port

Published on Tue 6 Feb 2018
Alpha Terminals is going to build and operate a new terminal for liquid bulk in the Vlissingen port area in North Sea Port. It concerns a 250 million euros investment.

The tank terminal will have a storage capacity of 500,000 m³ in 34 tanks. It will be possible to store various kinds of liquid bulk products in the tanks ranging from chemicals and oils to oil products and future generation sources of energy such as ammonia.

The terminal will be good for an extra supply of 5 to 7 million tonnes of liquid bulk per year. Next to the terminal a jetty is planned for the loading and unloading of various seagoing and inland vessels at the same time. The terminal will be constructed at the mouth of the Sloehaven. The industrial site has a surface area of over 8 hectares.

Active from 2020 onwards

In 2018 the necessary permits will be applied for. It is expected that by 2019 the construction works will be able to start and they will supposedly take two years. In 2020, the terminal could then be operational. The investment is estimated at 250 million euros and will be good for some 60 direct jobs.

In view of the realization of the terminal, Alpha Terminals and North Sea Port signed a cooperation agreement in December 2017.

Strengthening of liquid bulk position

North Sea Port is looking forward to the realization of the tank terminal by this Swiss investor. It is the first time that this Swiss group is active in the port. Moreover, with this increase in its traffics, North Sea Port is improving its already strong position in the liquid bulk sector. At this moment, liquid bulk takes up one third of the port’s seaborne cargo traffic.

Terminal at the North Sea

The Vlissingen port area is ideally located for a liquid bulk terminal. As a matter of fact, with the Vlissingen port area, North Sea Port belongs to the deepest accessible ports of Europe and it can accommodate large deep-lying vessels there. The port area has direct access to the North Sea and vessels can smoothly moor and unmoor there without delays. Moreover, North Sea Port links up with the European inland navigation network via the Western Scheldt and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.