18 BULKDISTRIBUTOR Logistics Talke wins PE3 logistics terminal contract C zech petrochemical company Unipetrol has awarded Talke a CZK700 million contract for the engineering and construction of a logistics facility at its Litvinov location. Talke’s project for Unipetrol includes the construction of a battery of 40 storage silos The contract is part of a new polyethylene unit project (PE3), the biggest investment in the history of the Czech petrochemical industry. The overall PE3 project costs are estimated at CZK8.5 billion. “The investment in the new polyethylene unit will help to contribute to greater integration of the petrochemical and refining production of Unipetrol Group and will enable us to reach out for new industrial sectors, including cosmetics and packaging,” said Unipetrol CEO and chairman Marek Switajewski. “It will increase our storage needs for polyethylene granules to ensure efficient storage and expedition of additional polyethylene volume produced by the new PE3 unit.” Christoph Grunert, director logistics Europe at Talke, said the undertaking is the firm’s biggest European construction project to date. Unipetrol named Talke as general contractor for the logistics facility to handle and package an annual volume of 270,000 tons of polyethylene type HDPE granules. The project includes the construction of a battery of 40 storage silos with a total capacity of 16,000 tons, the extension of an existing packaging hall, and the installation of suitable machinery for bag filling, pallet packaging and truck loading. In addition, a pneumatic conveying system for the transfer of product from the production site to the storage silos, as well as new offices, cloakrooms and social facilities are subject to the contract. The concept originates from a study executed by Talke. It will be realised under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with completion planned for Q1 of 2018. The polyethylene unit is being built under Ineos license. Construction started in June. Unipetrol became part of PKN Orlen Group, central Europe’s largest crude oil processor, in 2005. Meanwhile, Talke has sold its Belgian and Dutch logistics locations and activities to Antwerp-based Katoen Natie. Talke, which is headquartered near Cologne, said the divestment is part of a programme to optimise its location portfolio. The company also wants to focus more on its business in other parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA. July/August 2016 Concrete move from Vos V os Logistics has taken two new concrete truck mixers into service for third parties. The company will apply its expertise in this market to meet growing demand for flexible transport capacity. It has acted in customer-specific concrete transport since 2015, transporting concrete and delivering materials to building sites. “We have a great deal of expertise and experience in this kind of transport and offer flexible transport capacity especially for this market,” said Marc van Alphen, managing director of Vos Logistics’ bulk activities. The new truck mixers were developed jointly with Volvo and mixer truck builder Mulder. The mixers can be deployed flexibly and will be used mainly in the Randstad region of the Netherlands. Vos Logistics will hire out the mixers from its facility in Uithoorn by the day, week or for a longer period. The mixers have a capacity of 13.5cbm and a steered fifth rear axle. They are equipped with the latest safety innovations. The trucks have a reversing and blind spot camera system so that drivers have an overview of the site, and to optimise driver safety, the cab door can only open inwards. Schmidt, Sibur ink Tobolsk deal W ithin the next three years, a silo farm will spring up at Sibur’s Tobolsk site in Russia. ZapSibNeftekhim is a greenfield project, comprising 45 silos of 1,000cbm each, eight packaging lines integrated into a covered warehouse complex of 50,000sqm and a container terminal with a capacity of 2,600 FEU will be built to handle the yearly throughput of two million tons of polypropylene and polyethylene. Undertaking construction of the logistics infrastructure is Schmidt Heilbronn. Recently, Schmidt and Sibur officially signed the engineering, procurement and site services contract at Schmidt’s headquarters in Germany. The two firms said this new contract is a further milestone in the already well established partnership between the two, both at Tobolsk and other production sites in Russia. Sibur is a vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company. It owns and operates Russia’s largest gas processing business in terms of associated petroleum gas volumes handled and is a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry. Operating out of 26 production sites located all over Russia, Sibur serves more than 1,400 key customers operating in the energy, chemical, FMCG, automotive, construction and other industries in some 75 countries and employs over 27,000 people. 10 years on the river M ultimodal operator Samskip and inland waterway transport provider Pro-Log celebrated the 10th anniversary of barge operations between Rotterdam and Duisburg by adding a second vessel, increasing service frequency to six times weekly. “Reliability is a cornerstone in the competitive case for multimodal transport, and nowhere is it more crucial than in the corridor between Rotterdam and Duisburg,” said Leo Osseweijer, Samskip general manager procurement & equipment control. “Over the past decade, Pro-Log has proved itself reliable day in, day out, as well as cost efficient and flexible enough to work with Samskip as a true partner.” Osseweijer added that customers in the Ruhr region depend on sustainable multimodal services to avoid congestion on the roads to and from the port of Rotterdam. To date, 2,876 trips have been completed. “We calculate that choosing multimodal has meant that customers have saved 479,415kg total in CO2 emissions in the past 10 years – equivalent to 17,433 trees,” he said. Service levels achieved by the Pro-Log vessel Theodela, which can carry 60 45ft containers, had proved decisive in selecting an inland barge partner a decade ago. Adding a second vessel increases the service to six times a week in both directions, while also making it possible to add calls in Nijmegen within the schedule.