Tereos supports the construction of the Seine-Northern Europe canal, slated to break ground in 2017. It will assist in increasing exports and in diminishing the carbon factor from transportation.
In France, numerous Tereos industrial sites are located near waterways. This represents an opportunity for the Group, which already uses waterways to transport over a million tons of bulk dry goods and some 250,000 cubic meters of ethanol yearly, a figure that increases regularly. In this context, the Seine-Northern Europe canal provides an advantageous link for transporting goods by canal to strategic Northern European ports.
The Seine-Northern Europe Canal will link the Seine river basin to that of the Escaut for over 100 km. It will be able to accommodate barges transporting 4,400 metric tons, the equivalent of 220 20-ton trucks. The canal is set to be operational in 2024-2025. Tereos has six sites near the future canal route, making waterways more relevant than ever for supplying and forwarding the Group’s production.
An advantage for exports
In 2017, with the liberalization of the European sugar market ushered in by the end of quotas, Tereos will be increasing its sugar production and expanding its export sales. By setting up a packing and logistics platform at the Escaudoeuvres site near Cambrai in the North in 2017, the Group’s export capacity will expand significantly. As Escaudoeuvres is located on the banks of the Escaut and near the future multi-modal platform at Marquion, this canal will allow sugar to reach the northern ports of France and Benelux prior to being exported to Africa and the Middle East. The canal also constitutes an opportunity for the Nesle site, which is due to host one of the two main multi-modal platforms along the canal.
A reduced carbon footprint
As a major industrial player, Tereos pursues growth with a view to limiting its impact on the environment. River transport will provide a method for reconciling increased transport volumes with the control of transportation-related emissions. Overall, by using waterways, Tereos will reduce its future CO² emissions and diesel consumption by 2,000 and 720 metric tons respectively.