Agro Delta Group invests in Dordrecht
The new Agro Delta Group warehouses on Kreekweg in Dordrecht are running at full speed. However, the next project is to follow soon, at Julianahaven, Dordrecht Inland Seaport.
Based on the assumption that land from the neighbour will only be available for purchase once, Agro Delta already purchased the 12,000 square metre site in 2008. The uncertain market meant that it wasn’t until 2016 that the plans became concrete. As soon as the first warehouse was delivered in June last year, the first cargo was stored there that same afternoon. ‘Every square metre is now being used’, stated Marsha van Belle, Director of Agro Delta Group.
Animal feed raw materials
One of the three new 2,500-square-metre warehouses is being leased to a neighbouring company for storage. The other two warehouses are being used to store raw materials, particularly for the animal feed industry. ‘This includes corn, wheat, soya flakes, rapeseed flakes, rapeseed, rice and pulses. None of this is genetically modified and most is organic. The warehouses are extremely flexible, which makes it easy for us to work for smaller and medium-sized clients. The depth at the quay is 9.5 metres, so sea-going vessels can supply large quantities, which are then distributed on an on-demand basis for further processing.’
This working method makes Dordrecht Sea Port the ideal location for agricultural bulk. Van Belle: ‘As far as supply is concerned, we offer good accessibility for deep-sea shipping as well as having a very central location in the country for our clients.’ She added with a smile: ‘That also reduces a lot of traffic on the A15.’
“As far as supply is concerned, we offer good accessibility for deep-sea shipping as well as having a very central location in the country for our clients.” - Marsha van Belle, Director Agro Delta Group
The Agro Delta Group comprises four companies at seven locations in Zwijndrecht and Dordrecht. The group has over 70 years’ experience with the throughput and storage of animal feed raw materials, grains, seeds, pulses and rice in bulk and breakbulk. The four companies together own 133,000 square metres of waterside industrial sites with 75,000 square metres of warehousing and 60,000 tonnes of silo space.
The warehouse construction started in spring 2017. The final warehouse was delivered last autumn, after which the surrounding sites were given an overhaul. To realise the new warehouses, the ground needed to be reinforced with no fewer than 2,800 piles. ‘The pile-driving went on for almost a year. The bearing strength is now 10 tonnes per square metre. The concrete bulk walls are 6.5 metres high, and the warehouses are some 11 metres in height. As far as load is concerned, these are really unique structures that will last a long time.’
This does not mean that Van Belle can rest on her laurels. The next investments are already in the pipeline, such as the realisation of solar panels on the Group’s various roofs, which will offer a capacity of 450 megawatt. This is comparable with the power supply for some 100 households. Construction works will also be starting again soon at Julianahaven. ‘One of the older warehouses that is still being leased, will be made suitable for bulk storage and for our own use. So, that’s another job for us to get on with.’