The Port of Antwerp is the leading European oil and chemical cluster in Europe. Home to both base chemicals and fine chemicals production, the Antwerp oil and chemical cluster can offer great integration possibilities. More than 7 million m3 of third-party liquid storage solutions, 2 top 10 refineries, 4 steam crackers and no fewer than 30 companies operating in the oil and chemical sector, including at least 10 top world players, are located in the port area. They are followed by world players in the contracting and logistics sectors.
- Largest integrated European oil and chemical cluster
- Guarantee of stable supply of feedstock, raw materials and intermediates
- Opportunities for integration of products and energy create mutual beneficial synergies
- Outstanding pipeline connectivity, tank storage and product handling
- Green, brownfield and co-siting sites available
Why invest in Antwerp ?
The Port of Antwerp is a centrally located main port for containers, liquid bulk, dry bulk and general cargo. Antwerp is a deepwater port, accessible to liquid and bulk carriers of 160 000 tonnes and ultra-large container ships of 18 000 TEU. Uniquely it is located 80 kilometres inland, with excellent connections in all directions by road, rail, barge and international pipelines. All the main industrial centres of West and Central Europe lie within a radius of 1000 km, or a couple of days by truck. And to cap it all, Antwerp is only one hour away from Brussels, door-to-door. Within 60 minutes you reach the decision-making centre of the European Union with its 28 member states.
Value chain of the chemical cluster
The experience in the oil and chemical sector built up in the Port of Antwerp is your guarantee of a stable supply of feedstock, raw materials and intermediates, together with smooth transport of finished products to a continental market that stretches from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, from the UK to the Caucasus. Given the inland location, customers can benefit from short transit times to and from Europe’s main chemical production centers and markets, reducing inventory and transport costs. But also overseas markets are within reach of your Antwerp production plants, thanks to the port.
Specialized chemicals logistics hub
10% of the world’s maritime chemical flows either originate or are shipped to Antwerp, making the port the most active, specialised chemical logistics hub in Europe There is a wide range of logistics companies specialising in tank storage and product handling (storage and transport). 10 specialist firms —all working according to the highest HSE standards and present in the main European ports and industrial areas— offer 16 third party tank terminals with a total storage capacity of more than 7 million cubic metres.
Extensive pipeline network
The Port of Antwerp has over 1000 kilometres of intra-port pipeline infrastructure at its disposal, transporting over 100 products permitting the exchange of substances with a very high degree of reliability. All this makes Antwerp the most important node in Europe’s pipeline network.
Innovation and R&D
A dynamic, creative environment where production, innovation and R&D all go hand-in-hand. Belgium has 7 highly reputed universities with experienced specialists in oil & chemical activities and business administration. In addition the Flanders region has a series of platforms that offer practical, intellectual and financial support for R&D.
One-stop-shop approach for investments
To continuously improve the offer of the leading European integrated maritime petrochemical cluster, Port of Antwerp actively invests in infrastructure, accessibility and dedicated support. A dedicated Oil and Chemicals team with specialist key account (KAM) and business development managers (BDM) will guide you through all your investment questions
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Is there still room for you in the cluster?
Yes, there certainly is. There are possibilities for co-siting on both the right and left-bank areas of the port, with lots of opportunities for synergies (integration of production, energy and/or services). Optimised sharing of costs and services features prominently. Finally there are sites totalling 1000 hectares (greenfield and brownfield) throughout the port available for further development of the oil & chemical sector.
Infrastructure and Connectivity
- Refinery products
- Base Chemicals
- Fine chemicals
- Electricity (both local production by Electrabel, Essent and RWE, as well as connection to the grid)
- Natural Gas (pipeline)
- Steam (multiple co-generation units)
- Industrial gasses (Both local production by Air Liquide and Praxair as well as connection to the grid)
- Water (potable water via pipeline, dock water, excess capacity for process water at sites open for co-siting)
Capable of storing and handling all types of products both ADR and non-ADR (ADR is the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road)
Logistics Service Providers (limitative)
- Nafta B
- Oiltanking Stolthaven Antwerpen
- Sea-Tank Terminal
- NoordNatie Terminals
- Antwerp Gas Terminal
- ITC Rubis Antwerp
- Katoen Natie
- De Rijke
Waste Treatment (multiple specialized waste treatment companies – e.g. Indaver, excess waste water treatment capacity at sites open for co-siting)
- Gunvor refinery (107 kb/d)
- Total refinery (338 kb/d)
- Exxon refinery (300 kb/d)
Over 7 million m3 third-party liquid storage solutions