The Port of Tilbury, London’s major port in Essex, recently announced a long-term agreement with leading industrial gas company Nippon Gases Europe to import CO2 to the Thames port. The agreement will see weekly shipments arriving at the port, with Nippon Gases Europe investing in a permanent storage terminal at the port which became operational this year. The investment will provide a net benefit to Essex’s food and drink industry.

Port of Tilbury’s strong logistical connections

The shipments of carbon dioxide into Tilbury are carried on Nippon Gases’ dedicated ships in refrigerated liquid form, and are intended primarily for the UK’s beverage and food markets. Nippon Gases Europe produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and speciality gases. Their products, services and technologies aim to make the planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.

We have supplied the Southern UK via the Port of London for almost 30 years. This latest investment in a new terminal in Tilbury demonstrates Nippon Gases Europe’s commitment to our UK customers, whose businesses are dependent upon a reliable supply chain. We are very pleased with the support and co-operation offered by the Port of Tilbury and we look forward to a long and successful partnership that will benefit both our customers and our partners.

Colin Trundley
Europe’s Director of Operations
Nippon Gases

The agreement between Nippon Gases Europe and the Port of Tilbury will allow Nippon Gases Europe to benefit from the Port of Tilbury’s strong logistical connections and ideal locations for their market place, with The River Thames’ largest deep water port well positioned to access the M25 motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections between the port and London, enabling access to the rest of the UK.

We are thrilled that Nippon Gases Europe has chosen the Port of Tilbury as the Southern UK hub for their essential products. Nippon Gases Europe will benefit from our strong logistical connections and ideal location for their market place. This is our first bulk liquid customer in Tilbury, but we have areas of expertise across the Forth Ports group.

Peter Ward
Commercial Director
The Port of Tilbury

Aerial of Port of Tilbury

Supporting Essex’s food and drink sector

The arrival of Nippon Gases Europe comes at a time when the Port of Tilbury is in a period of expansion. In February 2019, Tilbury announced that they had received planning consent for a new £200m port terminal, named Tilbury2. This forms a major part of the Port of Tilbury’s £1bn investment programme between 2012 and 2020. The agreement with Nippon Gases allows Port of Tilbury to further support the burgeoning food and drink sector in Essex, with companies like major supermarket retailer LIDL located further up the River Thames at DP World London Gateway.

Essex is proud to be the home of a number of smaller award-winning food and drink companies. Read some of our case studies here to find out more.

Following on from Invest ESSEX’s attendance at Multimodal 2019 on the 19th June, where Port of Tilbury’s owner Forth Ports had a stand, Invest ESSEX will also be attending The Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Exhibition in Peterborough on 26th June. This will enable Invest ESSEX to network with key players within the Ports and Logistics sector and showcase the site opportunities in Essex for multimodal businesses.

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[Source: Forth Ports Limited]