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Products and solutions, 2002-10-02, 02:00 AM

Construction starts at the port of Rotterdam - Foundation stone laid for new coal terminal

Work on the construction of a new coal terminal at Europoort/Rotterdam (Netherlands) started on October 2, 2002 with the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone by Carbopoort B.V.`s managing directors Dr. Dierk Ernst and Norbert Fath.

Being built at a cost of almost 67 million euros as part of an investor and operator model, the new facility is described by ThyssenKrupp Stahl chief executive Dr. Karl-Ulrich Köhler as "a further piece in our logistics jigsaw". The new terminal, situated in the immediate vicinity of the existing ore terminal and scheduled to start operation in mid-January 2004, will handle 5.5 million metric tons of imported coal a year, mainly for supply to the Schwelgern coke plant and the blast furnaces in Duisburg. Köhler was pleased to point out that "the new terminal will also create new jobs in Rotterdam."

The coal terminal will work as follows: a continuous unloader will remove coal from the ships at a rate of up to 3,000 tons per hour. Almost seven kilometers of conveyors will then take the coal to two stacker/reclaimers, which will separate it by grade and deposit it in temporary stockpiles for subsequent transfer to barges or rail wagons, which will transport the coal up the Rhine or by rail to its destination in Duisburg.

To minimize noise and dust pollution in the vicinity of the terminal, owners Carbopoort B.V. will install state-of-the-art environmental protection equipment. According to Thomas Heyer, managing director of the future operations management company Ertsoverslagbedrijf Europoort C.V., "enclosed unloading of the ships, continuous spraying of the conveyor systems and stockpiles plus constant emission measurements will guarantee clean air in the port of Rotterdam."

The terminal is being built by owners Carbopoort B.V. under an operating lease arrangement and financed by private investors, a consortium of banks and Hannover Leasing GmbH & Co. The facility will be leased by Carbotrans B.V., which will use the services of operations management company Ertsoverslagbedrijf Europoort C.V. to perform its duties. ThyssenKrupp Stahl will conclude a long-term handling agreement with Carbotrans.


ThyssenKrupp Steel AG

Erwin Schneider
Tel.: +49 203 / 52 - 2 56 90
Fax: +49 203 / 52 - 2 57 07

Dietmar Stamm
Tel.: +49 203 / 52 - 2 62 67
Fax: +49 203 / 52 - 2 57 07

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