The Port of Rotterdam aims to expand its world-scale industrial cluster even further. A strong biobased industry forms a key strategic element in the realisation of this ambition. At the moment, Rotterdam is the largest ‘BioPort’ in the world. Every year, the port produces over 1.2 million tonnes of biofuels. More than 15 million tonnes of feedstock for the renewable industry sector are traded, stored and transhipped in BioPort Rotterdam as well as more than 1 million tonnes of biomass which is used to generate bioenergy. In view of today’s fast-growing international demand for biobased products and the associated increase in cargo flows, an efficient port that lies directly on deep water is of key importance to the development of a cost-effective biobased economy.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority predicts a great future for the biobased industry, which is why it intends to further strengthen Rotterdam’s leading position in this sector. To provide room for growth, the port of Rotterdam has designated an approx 40-ha plot at Maasvlakte 2 to be used for greenfield projects specifically geared towards an innovative chemical industry that uses biomass as feedstock.
A unique feature of this area is its Plug & Play concept. In partnership with specialist suppliers E.ON, Vopak, Stedin and Evides, the Port of Rotterdam invests in the necessary local industrial infrastructure and utilities, so that biobased companies can focus on their core business. In addition newcomers aren’t required to reserve capex for matters like tank storage, energy networks, wastewater treatment plants and steam boilers. In some cases this can result in 20 percent lower initial investment costs.
BioPort Rotterdam is an exceptionally strategic and attractive business location for biobased companies. The Netherlands has the most competitive sugar industry in the world. Over ten million tonnes of cereals, corn and lingo-cellulosics are traded, stored and transhipped in Rotterdam on an annual basis. In addition, Rotterdam is Europe’s foremost port and a key hub for international cargo flows. In other words, biobased companies in Rotterdam will be assured at all times of a flexible and reliable influx of a wide choice of raw materials, since huge quantities of biomass are already being transported via this Dutch port.
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