The Port of Antwerp is the most important hub in the Western European pipeline network. Pipelines offer the (petro)chemical sector a safe, reliable and primarily environmentally friendly means of transport for the supply and distribution of its products in Belgium and neighbouring countries.
Intra-port pipeline network
In the Antwerp (petro)chemical cluster alone, all industrial and independent tank storage companies are connected by 57 different product pipelines or 1.000 km of pipelines which transport almost 90% of all liquid goods (petro)chemicals within the port.
Also for the supply and distribution of chemical products in Belgium and neighbouring countries, pipelines offer secure and reliable possibilities.
Connected to the ARG network (Aethylen-Rohrleitungs-Geselschafft)
The ARG network is an ethylene pipeline network that connects the Belgian, German and Dutch chemical industry. From Antwerp, Europe’s biggest producer of ethylene, several pipelines go to Terneuzen, Rotterdam, Feluy and the Rhine-Ruhr area. The final result is not only a strong integration within the port, but also quite some interaction with (petro)chemical industries and clusters in the hinterland and neighbouring ports.
“The accessibility of the port by different modes of transport, such as sea transport, barge transport, road and rail, thanks to an excellent infrastructure is undoubtedly a major strategic advantage. However for the chemical industry a well-developed pipeline network is as important.”
Wouter De Geest
Chief Managing Director, BASF Antwerpen NV