Port of Rotterdam caters to bio-based industry

The Port of Rotterdam is reserving an area of 80 hectares (about 120 football pitches) on for innovative bio-based chemical industry based on renewable raw materials.

Working together with four partners

The port recently unveiled plans to created a 'Plug & Play area' on Maasvlakte 2 where basic infrastructure services such as power, tank storage, waste and water processing are available for bio-based companies. To provide the combined services, the port is working together with four partners: E.ON, Evides Industriewater, Stedin and Vopak. "Thanks to this joint intitiative, businesses which establish themselves here no longer have to make their own investments," said Hans Smits, CEO of the Port Authority. “We want to be able to offer a basic infrastructure, so that the bio-based businesses can concentrate fully on their core activities. Bio-based industries are indispensable to the sustainable development of our port. This collaboration is a major step for the port of Rotterdam to grow into the international bio port.”