FOAMGLAS Insulation Supports Efficient Storage at New State-of-the-Art Standic Storage Terminal in Antwerp Belgium
02.19.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

February 19, 2024 [Storage Terminals Magazine]- The Dutch tank storage company, Standic, a member of the family-owned Hametha group, has established itself as a prominent storage provider for over 60 years. Comprising three terminals in the Netherlands and Belgium, Standic caters to both major industrial entities and specialised players.

 

Standic recently inaugurated a cutting-edge, highly automated terminal in the heart of the Antwerp ‘chemical hub’ to enhance its services for chemical customers. The terminal was meticulously designed to operate with utmost efficiency and cost-effectiveness, with a focus on optimising energy usage during the planning phase.

Noteworthy features of the terminal include the innovative heat recovery system from vapours to warm the tanks and the implementation of FOAMGLAS® cellular glass insulation between the concrete foundation and tank bottoms to minimise heat loss and reduce energy consumption for tank heating.

The construction of the storage terminal was executed in phases. Phase I saw the addition of 95,000 m³ of storage capacity spread across 79 tanks of varying diameters and a height of 24 metres. Phase II expanded the terminal further by introducing an additional 85,000 m³ of storage capacity through 46 more tanks. Phase III, scheduled for completion by the end of 2025, will make the entire terminal fully operational, offering a total storage capacity of 249,000 m³.

Standic’s familiarity with FOAMGLAS® cellular glass insulation for heated storage tanks dates back to the installation of the material at their Dordrecht terminal around a decade ago. Utilising a tank base insulation system for chemical storage tanks provides the versatility to store a wide range of products at varying temperatures, enhancing operational flexibility.

Prioritising energy efficiency in the terminal’s design was crucial for Standic to optimise energy utilisation, reduce operating costs, and minimise carbon emissions. The specified insulation system for the project featured FOAMGLAS® HLB 1200 high load-bearing insulation blocks, adhered directly to the concrete foundation with PC® 500 one-component adhesive.

Owens Corning supplied FOAMGLAS® High Load-Bearing tank bottom insulation for Phase I, insulating 51 heated tanks to enhance energy efficiency and lower operational expenses. In Phase II, an additional 46 tanks were insulated with the same FOAMGLAS® tank base insulation system, supporting Standic’s commitment to sustainable and efficient operations.

 

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