Europe Cargo & Coordinadora Collaborate on Antwerp Refinery Expansion

By on November 25, 2014
One of 34 modules for Total's refinery expansion in Antwerp. Courtesy of PCN.

34 modules will cross Antwerp, the biggest transport job in the region

Europe Cargo in Belgium and Coordinadora Internacional de Cargas in Spain are handling Total’s Optara B project, one of the biggest transportation operations to take place on Antwerp roads. The move will take around 180 days and include the transport of 34 modules.

Coordinadora Internacional chartered conventional and submersible ro-ro vessels to accommodate the cargo, which is loaded at Tarragona Port in Spain, Project Cargo Network said in a statement on behalf of both its members. The vessels carry the cargo to the Abes Terminal at the Port of Antwerp where Europe Cargo handles the discharge, long-term storage, preparing the modules for road transport and the actual movement.

The modules, weighing up to 1,000 tonnes are trucked via Scheldelaan Road to the jobsite, Total’s refining complex in Antwerp. The first vessel carried nine modules, which were transported by night.

In 2013, French oil giant Total approved a US$1.24 billion modernization project for its Antwerp production facilities, the company’s largest European refining and petrochemical platform. The project includes a new refinery upgrading complex, consisting of a solvent de-asphalting unit and a mild hydrocracking unit. The facility is scheduled to start up in early 2016. Also under construction is a new plant to convert low value refinery fuel gases into low cost petrochemical feedstock, replacing more expensive oil-based naphtha. This facility is scheduled to start up in early 2017.

One of 34 modules for Total's refinery expansion in Antwerp. Courtesy of PCN.