The Port of Tarragona took part in the European Petrochemicals Virtual Conference organised by S&P Global Platts, the most important petrochemical conference in Europe, this year in its eighth edition. The Port’s objective was to learn about the evolution of this sector – key to Tarragona in terms of cargo traffic – and to be able to explain the advantages of the facilities and services it provides for bulk liquids.
The event was held in a virtual format and was attended by some 70 delegates. This year's edition included presentations, round tables, question and answer sessions and a networking session.
The main topics covered were the recovery of the world’s markets and their impact on the petrochemical industry; raw materials and the emergence of green raw materials; recycled plastics; and the sustainability prospects for petrochemicals in a post-Covid market.
As the main sponsor, the Port offered the opportunity to participate in this event to different companies in the Port Community. Through its participation as speakers in a round table on the evolution of the petrochemical supply chain it was also able to explain the strengths and infrastructures the liquid bulk sector has at its disposal in the Tarragona port facilities.
International projection and positioning in leading traffics such as bulk liquids are the Port of Tarragona’s main strategies for attracting new customers and new types of cargo.
Taken together, the companies of the Tarragona chemical and petrochemical industry generate an annual production of 20 million tons, which represents 50% of the production in Catalonia and 25% of that in Spain as a whole.
The Port of Tarragona is the logistics platform through which the necessary raw materials for the petrochemical sector’s production processes are imported and the products derived from them are exported.
The Port of Tarragona’s commercial and business development director, Genoveva Climent, was at the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday 23 November to explain the advantages offered by Tarragona’s port facilities in a presentation entitled "Port Tarragona, logistics gateway to the Mediterranean and Europe".
Ms Climent took advantage of her presence in Madrid to explain the Horizon 2023 project, the Port of Tarragona’s commitment to be the most competitive logistics node in the Mediterranean. This is a year in which the implementation of key infrastructures for the Port’s growth come together in the form of, for example, the PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo, the Logistics Activities Zone (ZAL) and the expansion and improvement of the La Boella Intermodal terminal by CTC-Combi Terminal Catalonia (a joint venture led by BASF). Another major advance will be the implementation of two important land connection infrastructures, the Mediterranean Corridor and the Lilla Pass tunnel.