29 June 2007 02:00

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 29 June 2007

Royal Vopak will expand its Teesside terminal at Seal Sands in the United Kingdom to store and handle bio-ethanol on behalf of Ensus Limited. Ensus has started construction of a 400 million litres bio-ethanol facility in Wilton, Teesside, which is scheduled to enter production early 2009. The bioethanol produced at this facility will be pipeline fed to Vopak’s terminal, where it will be stored and redistributed.

To support Ensus and the growing demand from the market, Vopak will build 8 new tanks, totalling 40,000 cbm capacity. The new Vopak facility will be built and operated to the very latest safety and quality standards and will utilise Vopak’s expertise in automated pipeline and ship/road operations.

With the London and Ipswich terminals already involved in the blending and handling of biofuels, the Ensus bio-ethanol project at Teesside will strengthen Vopak’s position as the leading terminal operator in the UK biofuels’ market.

Profile Vopak

Royal Vopak (head-quartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands) is the world’s largest independent tank terminal operator specialising in the storage and handling of liquid and gaseous chemical and oil products. On request, Vopak can provide complementary logistics services for customers at its terminals. Vopak operates 75 terminals with a storage capacity of more than 21 million cbm in 30 countries, of which 4.1 million cbm in 19 terminals by the division Chemicals Europe, Middle East & Africa. The terminals are strategically located for users and the major shipping routes. The majority of its customers are companies operating in the chemical and oil industries, for which Vopak stores a large variety of products destined for a wide range of industries.