Energy transition

Advario to develop future-focused energy storage terminal

7 April 2023
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Advario Projects B.V. has signed a sales and purchase agreement with Aluminium & Chemie B.V. (Aluchemie). The agreement sees Advario acquire Aluchemie’s land lease. Establishing a presence in the port of Rotterdam, at the heart of the Botlek area, Advario looks to develop the storage terminal for the energy products of the future, together with its partners.

The 3rd Petroleumhaven with Aluchemie in the bottom right of the picture. Photo: Danny Cornelissen
The 3rd Petroleumhaven with Aluchemie in the bottom right of the picture. Photo: Danny Cornelissen

“We are very pleased to have secured this strategic location in the port of Rotterdam,” says Bas Verkooijen, Advario CEO. “This is another important step in the delivery of our long-term strategy to play a frontrunner role in supporting the energy transition. The site’s strategic location, ample size, and waterfront access offer us an excellent opportunity to enter one of the leading energy and chemical hubs in Europe. Advario looks to develop a new and future-focused storage terminal in close cooperation with our customers, industrial partners, and the Port of Rotterdam.”

Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam: “As Advario plans to turn this large site at the heart of the port into a state-of-the-art storage facility for the energy, fuels, and chemicals of the future, we are pleased with Advario’s acquisition of the site. We expect that Advario’s activities will facilitate the transition of the Rotterdam port and industrial complex to become net zero by 2050. The Port of Rotterdam therefore looks forward to working together with Advario.”

Advario is a globally operating energy storage company. The company has over fifty years of experience building and operating complex storage infrastructure, and extensive experience with storage facilities for ammonia and future fuels.

As a partner for progress, the company actively works to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations. Advario aspires to be Net Zero by 2040, and invests in chemicals, gases, future fuels, and new energy products such as ammonia and hydrogen.

The new site in Rotterdam provides Advario with the opportunity to develop, build, innovate and operate the storage infrastructure its customers and partners need to successfully transition to cleaner energy. The 26-hectare Aluchemie site is located at the center of the Botlek, providing proximity to the existing hydrogen and carbon dioxide pipeline networks. Its waterfront on the 3rd Petroleumhaven gives quick access to Rotterdam’s main waterways. And lastly: the site is close to the operations of partners Advario works with globally.

Aluchemie will prepare the site for handover by demolishing all structures above and underground, and by remediating the soil. The target date for completion is 31 December 2025, after which Advario can start construction at the site.