Refining and chemicals

All the advantages of a strong petrochemical cluster in Europe’s largest port(chemical, refineries and petrochemical)

Five oil refineries, more than 45 chemical companies and five vegetable oil refineries contribute to form a strong (petro)chemical cluster in the port of Rotterdam. In the cluster, chemicals, fuels and edible oils and fats are produced on a large scale for use in Europe and for global trade. As Europe’s largest port, the port of Rotterdam offers all the possibilities for transporting chemical feedstock and end products.

  • Cluster with five oil refineries and more than 45 chemical companies
  • Advanced cluster formation offers attractive benefits
  • One of the three largest fuel hubs in the world
  • Convenient location for the supply of chemical feedstock and shipment of products
  • Possibilities for establishing petrochemical and biobased industries

The port in figures

The eighth edition of Facts & Figures offers information about developments in the port of Rotterdam between 2009 and 2015. One of the key developments in recent years was the opening of Maasvlakte 2. This land reclamation provides room for new developments in the chemical, renewable energy, container and distribution sectors.

Chemical Cargo Shipping

The port of Rotterdam is up to date on the latest developments in the chemical sector. As the largest container hub and petrochemical cluster in Europe, Rotterdam is a strong and reliable link in the containerised chemicals supply chain.

Maximum efficiency for the petrochemical industry

The large number of chemical companies and refineries in the port area of Rotterdam ensures optimum efficiency. For example, the oil refineries supply feedstock to the chemical industry while various chemical companies in turn supply semi-finished products to other parties. Collaboration and exchange also take place in tank storage, industrial gases, heat, steam, waste water treatment and electricity. This synergy ensures a highly efficient and profitable business climate for all chemical companies operating in the port of Rotterdam.

Strong petrochemical cluster with the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

Besides the cluster within the port, the port of Rotterdam forms a strong cluster with the petrochemical industry in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. This so-called ARRRA cluster (Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr-Area) with integrated pipeline connections is good for 40 per cent of the petrochemical production in the European Union.

Import and export of oil, oil products and chemicals

Setting up business in the port of Rotterdam involves attractive logistics advantages. As one of the most important logistics hubs in the world, the port of Rotterdam offers unprecedented opportunities for the import and export of feedstock and end products.

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Would you like to know more about the refining and chemical industry in the port of Rotterdam? Please contact:

Industry & Bulk
+31 (0)10 252 1230

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