Plant One Rotterdam is an important test facility for innovations in process technology in the Rijnmond region. The company distinguishes itself from other initiatives by its large-scale approach and broad range of services.
Fer Klinckhamers, CCO of Plant One: “Not only do we have lab and pilot areas for test runs with every conceivable utility, we also offer manpower and expertise in the areas of engineering, construction of installations, operation and maintenance. Our highly qualified operators work in continuous shifts when the experiments demand it.” Plant One Rotterdam has no less than 12,000 m2 of working area equipped with loading and unloading platforms, 1,200 m2 of laboratory facilities and an additional 10,000 m2 of outdoor area. In addition to the spaces available for test runs, there is also office space for rent. In addition, there is a modern conference centre and a number of meeting rooms with demonstration facilities.
Plant One Rotterdam also supports storage and handling of chemicals. They are also an SPB accredited training company for A, B and C Process Operators, which means that students following a BOL (vocational training path) can do a six-month to one-year internship on site.
Another important advantage of the facility is that the permit has already been arranged. Plant One Rotterdam has an umbrella environmental permit that comes under the Environmental Law (General Provisions) Act (Wabo). Fer Klinckhamers: “The strength of our permit is that it allows for a wide range of activities that are common in the (petro)chemical sector and therefore suits the environment in which we are located.” Under this permit, Plant One Rotterdam’s customers can build and test their pilot plants. All that is required to obtain permission is a check by the Rijnmond Environmental Protection Agency (DCMR). Provided the project fits within the framework of the permit, this process will not take more than a few weeks.