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Global tank storage company Vopak has expanded its storage capacity for waste-based feedstocks in Rotterdam with the launch of 16 new tanks.

The new tanks at Vopak’s Vlaardingen terminal in the port of Rotterdam had a combined capacity of 64,000m³, the company said on 10 May.

Designed to store waste-based feedstocks for the production of biodiesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the expanded storage space would help meet the rising demand for energy from renewable sources in Europe, Vopak said.

Vopak Vlaardingen has a long-term commercial agreement with global oil giant Shell to store feedstocks for Shell’s new biorefinery in Rotterdam, which was set to be one of Europe’s largest SAF production facilities, producing SAF and renewable diesel from waste materials such as used cooking oil (UCO), waste animal fat and other residual products.

The company said the terminal had extensive experience in storing these types of products and was well-connected for logistics via vessels, barges, trucks, and trains.

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Vopak stores and handles a range of products including biofuels, vegetable oils, chemicals, gases and crude oil.