LBC adds 41 000 m3 of capacity to its Antwerp terminal to meet increasing market demand
Located in the center of the second largest chemical cluster worldwide, LBC’s Antwerp terminal is a key component in LBC’s ambitious strategy for international growth. Recognizing the importance of the site to its multi-national customer base, LBC has announced plans to expand its operations, increasing capacity by 41 000 m3.
Today, LBC Tank Terminals offers a global storage capacity of 2.8 million m3 across its international network of terminals in Europe, USA and China; delivering storage and handling solutions for a range of liquid products, including chemicals, base oils, vegetable oils, mineral oil and petroleum products.
The new storage capacity, due for release later this year, will be realized by the construction of a new tank pit with seven mild steel tanks ranging in size between 5 000 and 6 000 m3. Significantly this ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and CDI-T accredited terminal will further maximize on the site’s existing and comprehensive infrastructure catering for the transportation of products by water, road and rail, offering customers complete logistical flexibility.
All of the new tanks will have dedicated product lines connected to a 568 m quay that is capable of serving two sea-going vessels and three barges simultaneously, 24/7. In a bid to further optimize loading/unloading cycle times, the new tank pit will be equipped with a dedicated truck loading station and weighbridge, allowing simultaneous truck loading. Construction works are well underway, with the build project on schedule to release the first 12 000 m3 of capacity on 1 September 2012. The remaining capacity will be operational from 15 November 2012. Once completed LBC’s Antwerp terminal will offer a total storage capacity of 270 000 m3, an increase of 18%.
LBC Antwerp’s day-to-day core activities are primarily focused on the storage of base oils and chemicals in addition to the provision of value adding services such as blending and drumming. The additional capacity at the site will be largely dedicated to the storage of similar products.