Friday, August 14, 2009

Multimodal Transport and Refining expansion in Rotterdam

GAC opens new centre and Shell extends existing plant
Shipping News Feature

ROTTERDAM – NETHERLANDS GAC Netherlands yesterday opened their new operating depot at Distriport Benelux in the Pernis District of the city. The centre consolidates the company’s position in Holland bringing together road, waterway and rail connections.

GAC, originally the Swedish funded Kuwaiti logistics firm Gulf Agency Company, has spread globally in the past few years, particularly in the Middle East, and now its centre of operations is based in Dubai. The new development will be headed by MD Ries Hoogenboezem, who moves from his position as boss of GAC-OBC Netherlands.

The company’s development has been closely linked to offshore oil contracts and yesterday Royal Dutch Shell confirmed their plans to establish a hydro-desulfurisation plant at its own 400,000 barrel a day facility, again based in Pernis. The Shell workforce will swell to 3400 from the normal 2100 whilst construction continues. Once again the drive toward cleaner fuels has caused the implementation of this undertaking.