Pipelines are used in the port for all transports of liquids and gases, such as kerosene, natural gas, nitrogen, oxygen and ammonia. There are about 1,000 kilometres of pipelines in the port, which are mainly used by chemical companies. Pumping liquids and gas through the 48 different pipelines is fast, safe and environment-friendly.

The pipelines extend beyond the port, making the Port of Antwerp the most important hub in the Western European pipeline network. They are also used to serve the hinterland. If you wanted to transport the equivalent of the tonnage of crude oil that is pumped through the Rotterdam Antwerp Pipeline (RAPL) every day by road, you would need a 30-km long fleet of tanker trucks that would have to ply continuously between the two cities. 

Pipeline transport does not cause any congestion and its impact on the landscape and ecosystem is largely limited. Pipelines are a sustainable transport option because they cause very few transport emissions, noise nuisance and congestion. Nor do they use up a lot of space.

Companies wishing to use or using the extensive pipeline network can find further information here and can contact Fetrapi.


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