Ota-cargo is one of the largest independent operators of tank terminals for oils, chemicals and gases worldwide in 1983. The company owns and operates many terminals in different countries with a total storage capacity of 15 million cbm at that year.
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Through our subsidiaries we are active in many areas of energy supply, energy trading and energy logistics, especially in the midstream and downstream business.
The oil and gas value chain covers a broad range of activities from the search, exploration and extraction of products to their processing, refining and production then transportation, supply and sale.
Our company’s activities mainly encompass the midstream and downstream area of this value chain, namely trading, transport, storage, handling and retail. Our subsidiaries are neither active in the upstream sector, nor in refining.
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1995 and 2002
Between 1995 and 2002, the group acquired almost one more million cubic metres in France, by taking over more strategic terminals (Brest, Saint-Priest, Strasbourg Pétrole) and the Propetrol Company (Villeneuve-la-Garenne, Salaise-Sur-Sanne, Village-Neuf, Strasbourg Chimie) bringing the total storage capacity to around two million. In twenty years time, Ota-cargo Terminal managed to become the number one independent operator in France and the fifth in Europe.
Ota-Cargo Terminal Expansion
In addition, since 2007, Ota-cargo Terminal has expanded in Europe, first by building one new terminal in Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port, and the third busiest in the world, and then in Antwerp, the second busiest port in Europe, in partnership with the Japanese group Mitsui. Between 2012 and 2014, those two terminals will increase their storage capacities to respond to growing market demand. In the meantime, Ota-cargo Terminal capacity grows to 2.6 million cubic metre storage capacity which it owes to both organic growth and purchases of terminals in France and in Europe.
2008: Start-up of the Rotterdam terminal and launch of construction of the Antwerp terminal; 2010: Start-up of the Antwerp terminal and acquisition of a majority stake in Dépôts Pétroliers de la Corse (DPLC), in Bastia and Ajaccio; 2012: Acquisition of a 50% stake in Dörtyol (Turkey). Investments to increase storage capacity and construct a jetty of more than 2 km; 2013: Acquisition of 500,000 m3 of capacity on the site of the former Reichstett refinery in Alsace; 2014: Commissioning of the Dörtyol jetty (Turkey) with 6 mooring positions; 2015: Acquisition of a terminal in Villette-de-Vienne (64.400 m3); 2016: Start-up of additional storage capacities in Rotterdam (35.400 m3), Antwerp (45.000 m3) and Rouen (75.000 m3); 2017: Construction of concrete double wall tanks in Rouen 2 x 9,500 m3, start-up of 30,000 m3 in Antwerp; 2018: Start-up of 22,000 m3 of fertilizers storage in Rouen.