Shell Chemicals Europe will be the seventh client for the MultiCore pipeline system in the port of Rotterdam.
This means that 80% of the capacity of the current stretch Pernis-Europoort has been leased. A start has been made on an inventory for expanding the system in the direction of the Maasvlakte.
Shell will use MultiCore for transporting Isoprene Extraction Feed (IPE Feed of Crude C5). This is used, among other things, as feedstock for the production of synthetic rubber and roofing.
The product comes from the Shell cracker in Moerdijk and is pumped by pipeline from Shell Moerdijk to the Shell refinery at Pernis. Via a 7-kilometre transport pipeline of the MultiCore system, the product then travels to the Rubis Terminal in the Botlek. From there, the IPE Feed is shipped to the United States for further processing.
The current MultiCore track is 20 kilometres long and runs from Europoort to Pernis. 80% of the bundle has now been leased. Clients are ExxonMobil, Air Products, Linde Gas, Shin-Etsu, Koch, Abengoa and Shell Chemicals Europe. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has started to make an inventory of product flows and interested parties a stretch in the direction of Maasvlakte. The length will depend on the interest shown by parties from Rotterdam’s port and industrial complex.
MultiCore is a joint venture of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Vopak.