Since being acquired by VTTI in January 2010, a metamorphosis is well under way at ATPC in Antwerp, Belgium.
In addition to being one of the largest dedicated bitumen processing plants in Europe, ATPC is investing heavily in its infrastructure to store and supply oil products. This includes one of the most technically demanding of all hydrocarbons: aviation fuel. Since July 2010 ATPC has been the major supplier to Vitol Aviation, supporting that venture’s expansion into the key airfields of Northern Europe.
In the past 15 months:
- ATPC has been upgraded to meet all technical requirements of the Joint Inspection Group (JIG) to be permitted to supply aviation fuel. These include fully discrete import and export lines; refurbished tanks with internal floating roofs with vapour-retaining aluminium domes; and class-leading fire safety systems
- The Terminal completed a successful tie-in to the NATO/CEPS aviation fuel pipeline
- The team completed a major retrofit programme of 17 tanks, complying with the site’s licence requirements
- Early work has begun on planning a further expansion which will add 500,000 m³ capacity.
ATPC is receiving investment of over €80m. This will fund further tankage work and inter-connections; extensive waterfront improvements; optimising the bitumen operation; and nearly doubling its commercial storage capacity.