Massive private investments in port of Antwerp
The port of Antwerp has unveiled its huge investment plans for the next few years. The SEA-Invest group is planning construction of a new tanker terminal in the Delwaide dock representing an investment of €250m.
In the same dock, the group will also operate an independent container terminal that it has acquired from Independent Maritime Terminal (IMT). This facility is currently located in the Hansa dock but will be moved to the Delwaide dock where there is space for further development with an additional investment of €50m. Other new activities not directly related to the waterfront will help to reutilise the space released in the Delwaide dock.
In the meantime a location has been found for the Houston-based international terminal operator Zenith Energy. Given the size of the project which this company wishes to carry out in Antwerp, and taking into account also the limited quay length available in the Delwaide dock, an alternative site has been chosen on the right bank of the Scheldt. Zenith Energy already has a presence in Amsterdam but wished to find a second location in the strategically very important ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) region.
Port Authority CEO Eddy Bruyninckx said: “Thanks to the huge interest in the port area we have been able to select projects that offer the highest added value for the port area as a whole. The waterfront sites have been reserved for candidates that will generate large freight volumes and so make maximum use of the available maritime infrastructure. As for the non-waterfront sites, we have opted for candidates that will help to further develop the chemical and petrochemical cluster.
”In the Hansa dock, the SEA-Invest subsidiary SEA-Tank Terminal will build additional tank capacity for Total on the concession that it acquired from the IMT container terminal, representing an investment of €100m.
Sea-Tank Terminal is building the tank terminal on behalf of a major world player that aims to use the port of Antwerp as a base for import, export and transit of all its petroleum products in the ARA region. The planned capacity of the project in the first phase is 750,000m³ for storage of refined products that will be carried to and from the terminal by barge and seagoing ship. The freight volume generated by this activity is estimated at 13 million tonnes annually. Additional capacity may be built in a second phase of the project.