TSA Insight Magazine Issue 7 - Magazine - Page 11
This project was
perhaps the most
Oikos has ever
just in terms of
scale but also
Tony Woodward, Oikos Storage Ltd’s General Manager,
talks to TSA Insight about Project Aeris
his project was perhaps the most significant project that Oikos has ever undertaken not just
in terms of scale but also investment. In summary, the project consisted of the refurbishment
and a new extension of the existing Jetty 2 into the River Thames, the refurbishment and
renewal of an existing tank storage compound (Compound 4 – 12 tanks in total), and the
provision of associated pipework and supporting plant and infrastructure. However, it is important to stress
is a facility of national significance. It occupies a strategic Thames side location within the South East
of England - which is one of, if not the, largest petroleum markets in North West Europe.
It benefits from excellent marine access via the deep-water navigable channel of the River Thames
and has good links to the strategic road network.
It also benefits from connections to key national pipeline distribution networks, namely the Compañía
Logística de Hidrocarburos - Pipeline System (the CLH-PS) (formerly known as the Government
Pipeline Storage System - GPSS) and the United Kingdom Oil Pipeline (UKOP). In this regard the
Terminal is believed to be unique within the South East of England as an independent terminal.
With regard to ships and the size of incoming ships, there is a continued demand from our customers to
increase the potential to accept larger ships and consequently, the size of incoming parcels of fuels. Oikos
took the decision to extend the existing Jetty 2 out into the Thames as far as possible, with the agreement
and co-operation of the Port of London Authority (PLA) without impinging on the main shipping channel.
This was achieved after a comprehensive set of berthing simulations carried out at the PLA’s shipping and
berthing simulator at Gravesend.
In bringing larger parcels into Oikos, our customers can benefit from a significant freight cost advantage
together with further options on the origins of the incoming cargoes. The new Jetty allows larger vessels,
up to 120,000mt deadweight to moor safely at the Oikos terminal. Furthermore, the replacement of the
12 tanks in Compound 4, provides additional bulk storage capacity to permit the safe receipt, storage and
despatch of the increased parcel sizes.
For more information about Oikos or the work that they carry out on site, visit www.oikos.co.uk
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