Thames Oil Port to open in 2014
Investment in Thames Oil Port allows Shell Bitumen to reconnect with their Thames Estuary heritage
Significant investment is being spent to create a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal for oil products. Thames Oil Port is a strategic consortium and signifies Shell Bitumen’s continued commitment to the UK market and customers.
The depots represent a major step in the implementation of Shell Bitumen’s European supply strategy, aimed at ensuring the reliability and quality of service expected by their customers in an increasingly complex business environment.
Shell Bitumen have a long-standing history in the UK. Bitumen was imported on a small scale more than 100 years ago, but it was not until the opening of Shell Haven refinery in 1920 that bitumen production really began to take off in the UK.
A spokesperson for the company said: ‘Following the closure of Shell Haven, our strategic investment in Thames Oil Port means we can reconnect with our Thames Estuary heritage and, importantly, will be able to react more effectively to customer demands in the South East, with local facilities backed by local logistics infrastructure.’