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Building the ethane tank - the logistical heart of Project ONE


The Project ONE yard in Antwerp is a hive of activity: more than 1,300 employees are at work, building Europe’s most sustainable ethane cracker. In the past 2 months, a first important landmark has been built at the yard in Lillo: the ethane tank. In this YouTube video, watch how the floor slab was poured:

With a capacity of 197,000 m3, it is the largest cryogenic tank in Europe. The tank will store the raw material for the cracker - ethane - in a liquid state at a temperature of -95 °C.

The realisation of the tank is a technical feat. At the beginning of April, 9,000 m3 of concrete was poured over 3 days to create the tank’s floor slab. Due to the properties of the concrete, it was important to have these works continue continuously, 24/7.

This was followed in May by the construction of the concrete outer wall, a precision job that took 15 days of non-stop work. Later this year, the steel roof will be installed and then further work will be carried out on the interior finishing.

Thanks to our contractor partners who made this work run smoothly!

Visit the Project ONE website to see the casting of the floorboard and read more about Project ONE.

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