In Port of Antwerp-Bruges, industry and logistics go hand in hand. Antwerp is home to the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The diversity of the industry is unique in the world. It brings some of the most cutting-edge logistical experts together for the safe storage, handling and distribution of oil, chemical products and gases.
The refineries of TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, and the three steam crackers in Antwerp ensure the stable local availability of raw materials. The recent construction of the largest ethylene terminal in Europe by Ineos Oxide confirms the port's role as a hub for chemical raw materials.
The close cooperation between the companies, both in the chemical cluster at the production level and in the field of energy and services such as sustainable waste treatment, ensures extremely cost-efficient production. Various global players in the chemical production sector are based in Antwerp, either logistically or with a production unit.
Zeebrugge has had infrastructure for the storage and transshipment of LNG since 1987 and is one of the main entry points for LNG supplies in Northwest Europe. The Fluxys LNG terminal was built for loading and unloading ships carrying LNG. The LNG is temporarily stored in buffer tanks with a capacity of 9 billion m³ on an annual basis. The LNG is distributed via LNG ships or LNG trucks.
Industry of the future: NextGen innovation zones
The NextGen District network is a hotspot bustling with new ideas and creative entrepreneurship. NextGen District is located in an industrial environment, close to the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. This allows for interaction with existing companies and suppliers. This reinforcing effect provides a competitive advantage to both new and existing businesses.
Ready to give your business more shape? At NextGen Demo, you, as a young entrepreneur, will find the support and space you need to demonstrate your technologies on a larger scale.
Is it time to shift up a gear? Scale-ups take advantage of the resources and space made available by NextGen Park, while continuing to expand their portfolio.
Looking for the right location for your unique project? Industrial companies also find the space and infrastructure they need at NextGen Lots to build up to their specific needs.
Investing in Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a landlord port and grants concessions. When sites become available within the port area, we inform the market. Via a market consultation, candidates submit a project proposal. On the basis of predetermined criteria, the port authority awards the site to the most suitable concessionaire.
Antwerp North Heat grid
In Antwerp, various partners are working together on the first open access heat grid in Belgium. In the first instance, Indaver and Port of Antwerp-Bruges envisage a basic grid for industry.
On behalf of the City of Antwerp, Fluvius is connecting a residential heat grid. To make heat grids economically interesting, agreements with major suppliers and customers are necessary. Customers are covered by the long-term agreement entered into between Indaver and Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Boortmalt and Fluvius with Woonhaven for the supply of heat.