Leading independent tank storage company Royal Vopak (Vopak) is building storage for a Shell biorefinery in the Netherlands, Tank Storage magazine wrote.
Under the terms of the long-term deal between the two companies, Vopak will store and supply feedstocks from its Vlaardingen terminal to the global energy giant’s biorefinery in Rotterdam, according to the 17 February report.
Shell’s 820,000 tonnes/year biorefinery at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam will produce fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel from waste including used cooking oil (UCO), waste animal fat and other industrial and agricultural residual products, Tank Storage magazine wrote. The waste will be supplemented with sustainable vegetable oil.
The Shell refinery will be one of Europe’s largest SAF-production facilities, according to the report, with Vopak’s feedstock operation also one of the largest of its kind in the biofuels industry.
Vopak was building 16 new tanks at its Vlaardingen site with a total capacity of 64M litres (64,000 m3), the report said, with a number of old tanks being demolished to make space for the new tanks. Other existing infrastructure would be modified at the terminal to handle waste-based feedstocks.