Vopak is investing in the Port of Rotterdam for the storage of waste-based feedstocks for the production of biodiesel and sustainable aviation fuel.

The market for energy from renewable sources in Europe is rising as a result of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive II.

A total of 16 new tanks with a combined capacity of 64,000 cubic metres will be built at Vopak’s Terminal Vlaardingen.

The renewable feedstocks that can be stored in the new tanks are waste materials, such as used cooking oil and tallow. The terminal is strategically located within the Port of Rotterdam and is well connected for logistics by vessels, barges, trucks and trains.

Patrick van der Voort, Vopak’s division president for Europe and Africa, said: “This project fits well within Vopak’s ambition to support our customers and society by developing and investing in infrastructure solutions for facilitating more sustainable energies and feedstocks. We are looking forward to continuing to invest in the Port of Rotterdam.”

Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage company with over 400 years of history. The company delivers products that are vital to the economy ranging from chemicals, oils, gases and LNG to biofuels and vegoils.