Botlek Tank Terminal

A dream start for SJR’s new production facilities.

Rotterdam, 6 July 2016 – SJR has received a contract to construct seven new storage tanks for the expansion of the Botlek Tank Terminal (BTT). The Dutch tank constructor will build the tanks in its newly completed production facilities on the RDM site in Rotterdam. Construction of the tanks will start mid-July 2016 with a guaranteed completion time of 35 weeks. The acquisition of these tanks are part of the doubling of BTT’s capacity from 200,000 m3 to 467,000 m3.  

SJR’s new production hall is fully equipped for full service off-site construction of storage tanks. All work – including fabrication, coating and fire protection installation – is carried out under controlled conditions. Tanks constructed inside a production hall are of superior quality because fabrication, welding, insulation and coating operations are all carried out under optimum conditions.

SJR is also handling the transportation of the finished tanks from the RDM site to the BTT terminal. Robert Sloot, SJR Managing Director, notes: “We are extremely proud to be building these tanks in our new production facilities for such a renowned name as BTT. We were obviously already convinced of the potential of this new location, but this is the dream start we had hoped for.”


The BTT contract consists of seven tanks – each with a capacity of 10,000 m3, diameter of 19 metres, height of 38 metres and weight of 260 tons. Robert Sloot: “The decisive factor for BTT to award us this contract was our ability to achieve it completely off-site. We work in a controlled environment in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam – this means that weather conditions do not affect the delivery time. Moreover, inconvenience at the terminal will be kept to a minimum, as we can complete all our preparatory work outside the client’s premises. Ultimately, this leads to significant cost savings and finished tanks of the highest quality.”

Tanks of the future.

Established in December 2011, the Botlek Tank Terminal expanded its operations to a 5-hectare area in 2014. BTT will use the new tanks for the storage of petrol and diesel. Charles Smissaert, BTT Director, comments: “We have drawn up a strict timetable with our end customer for the expansion of the terminal. By building these seven tanks off-site, the civil works at the terminal and the actual construction of the tanks can be completed simultaneously. Because of this, we expect the tanks to be quickly operational – giving us a three-month head start. Furthermore, we will avoid having any construction work here at the terminal.”
SJR works with the latest production methods and has the capability to take on turnkey assignments. The company’s work processes are becoming increasingly automated with, for example, the use of welding robots. The BTT tanks will be fitted with internal

floating aluminium roofs to prevent emissions escaping from the stored product. For both SJR and BTT, safety and environmental issues are of paramount importance. The new tanks will be built in accordance with NEN-EN 14015:2005 standards.

SJR Group.

At SJR, a dynamic company with over 50 years history, we are always on the move. In recent years we have developed into an all-round tank builder for numerous sectors including the petrochemical and horticultural industries. Our core business is to develop, produce, isolate and maintain storage tanks. We do this on-site at our clients’ premises and also at our state-of-the-art production location at the RDM site in Rotterdam.

Botlek Tank Terminal.

The Botlek Tank Terminal (BTT) currently operates 34 storage tanks from its central location in the Port of Rotterdam. The company’s total storage capacity of 200,000m3 can be divided into 130,000 m3 for clean petroleum products and 70,000 m3 suitable for biodiesel and vegetable oils. BTT’s state-of-the-art infrastructure has ample deep water berths and facilities which allow for the storage and transhipment of a wide range of liquid bulk products. The 420-meter long sea jetty is capable of simultaneously handling two seagoing vessels of up to 115,000 DWT and two river barges.