Royal VopakApril 10 www.bus-ex.com 65international logistics were part of the various companies' stock-in-trade. It was becoming the organisational DNA of the businesses that would merge together to form Royal Vopak, which came into existence in its present form in 1999, with the merger of Pakhoed and Van Ommeren. Royal Vopak is today the world's largest independent tank terminal operator, employing around 3,700 people and offering liquid bulk storage through a network of nearly 80 facilities across the world. Meeting customer needs requires constant re-evaluation of services and facilities and, in response to market requirements, the company is building a brand new storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam. It was agreed internally in May 2009, work began in October 2009 and the first phase is scheduled to be fully open in the second half of 2011."It will be a state-of-the-art facility and will be highly automated and designed with the minimum of operator interface in mind," says Hans Dilweg, project director for Royal Vopak's new Amsterdam storage terminal.
"This is additional capacity for us; we only have a small facility in Amsterdam at the moment and we're building it in response to customer needs. Our major facility is in Rotterdam; this terminal will provide new storage for the import and export of gasoline and diesel fuels." The fuels the facility will hold come from all over the world."Our customers determine where their products are coming from and going to-we are simply a service provider," says Dilweg. It is quite some service that the new Amsterdam terminal will provide. "The capacity will be 1.12 million cubic metres, which is over one billion litres. Initially, we will be supplying storage only-we won't have pipe or truck transfer facilities but we have space available for expansion and will be able to provide that if required." The terminal will also operate and supply blending services. Not refining-it is designed to receive, hold and transfer fuels that have already been refined-but the blending capability will raise the quality and reliability bar to a new level."We have specified state-of-the-art hardware and software," Dilweg continues. "The software is supplied to us by a third party-Emerson, which is part of Honeywell-but we are steering its design and development. We are now in the testing phase, which is undertaken by us, jointly with the developers." The software will control a facility that extends to 35 hectares (around 84 acres), 41 tanks and their associated infrastructure of pipework and pumps. "The nice thing about what we do is that there can be a lot of activities but they are all within closed systems of piping systems and tanks. They can be remotely checked and there aren't any environmental issues," says Dilweg. The facility can be operated from a single central control office by just a handful of people-the employment level for the completed facility will be less than 50, providing round-the-clock operations. As the Netherlands is densely populated, environmental 66 www.bus-ex.com April 10Geldof is a leading European supplier of field-erected and shop-built storage tanks. Our realisations range from individual tanks, with volumes from 10 m3 up to well over 100,000 m3, to large tank farms. We offer various technical solutions, individually conceived to optimally meet the application requirements and our customers' expectations. We design according to all common international standards and construct in carbon and stainless steel and special alloys. Geldof and sister company G&G International also engineer and fabricate large pressure vessels, turnkey bulk handling installations and a multitude of other significant and challenging realisations worldwide.Geldof