Tradebe is a leading international company on industrial waste management with annual turnover of €400 million in 2014. The company operates more than 60 fixed plants in Europe (Spain, United Kingdom, France) and in the United States. Tradebe employs 2,130 people worldwide.
Recently it launched a new hydrocarbon terminal, located at the Energy dock in the Barcelona port. It’s a groundbreaking plant due to the speed and flexibility to load and unload gasoline, gas oil, kerosene and all types of fuels. The plant has 29 big tanks with a total capacity of 453,000 m³. It is able to operate with supertankers of up to 175,000 tonnes. The power and efficiency of its premises allow a 24-tonne truck to be loaded in less than 20 minutes.
The terminal also has five loading bays, with simultaneous loading of several products, and includes the latest technology to mix products and add additives in-line. Finally, it has three berths to load/unload ships in order to distribute fuels to other ports and countries.
The company has invested a total of €65 million in this plant and created one of the biggest logistics and distribution centres in the Mediterranean.
A distinctive feature of this terminal is that it is split into two connected lots, a kilometre apart. One lot is for light hydrocarbons, like JET, gasoline and diesel, and the other for heavy products like fuel oil. Usually the management of these port facilities is supported by proprietary solutions, exclusively developed for this industry. However, SURIS, a Rockwell Automation System Integrator managing the electric installation and the control and automation system, chose to implement open tools that enable different communication protocols to interact with corporate systems – all this in accordance with SIL 2 control and security standards. “We were searching for open, scalable and secure solutions that did not increase systems costs and complexity, but were also able to meet all necessary requirements for the dimensions of this facility,” states the Technical Manager of SURIS.
For this reason, the company chose solutions from Rockwell Automation. According to the manager, “these solutions seamlessly cover all the terminals’ needs--from the most basic controller to the monitoring software.” In addition the site was integrated utilizing virtual solutions and the total project had to be completed in six months.”