The six tanks for Vopak terminal Botlek form part of the expansion announced at the beginning of 2018, regarding a total of fifteen stainless-steel storage tanks. They are being built 'fit-for-purpose’, geared to the storage of styrene.

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Thus, pipeline infrastructure and tanks will be well insulated to safeguard quality. If necessary, the tanks can also be used for various other chemicals.

For our Botlek terminal, this is a huge modernisation step. Here we are concentrating on the storage of styrene, which until now has always been distributed over our terminals. This will make it even easier to guarantee the quality of the product, and it is less necessary to clean tanks. Better for the environment and better for the purse

commented Walter Moone, managing director Vopak Chemie Nederland.

Styrene is usually delivered overseas and then transported in smaller volumes to the European hinterland. Mr. Moone added that it might surprise many people, but chemistry plays an important role in improving sustainability and the energy transition. He explained that styrene is important for making insulation material for houses as well as lighter car parts, like bumpers and dashboards, thus reducing energy consumption.