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Bunge hosts first pile ceremony in the Port of Amsterdam

Bunge hosts first pile ceremony in the Port of Amsterdam
On December 7, 2023, Bunge hosted a first pile ceremony for its state-of-the-art, sustainable production facility in the Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (photo courtesy Bunge).

In the Netherlands, Bunge Ltd has held a first pile ceremony for its state-of-the-art, sustainable production facility in the Port of Amsterdam. When completed in 2025 the plant will replace the Maasvlakte refinery in Rotterdam. 

The construction of the new facility on the HoogTij industrial area in the Port of Amsterdam is an important next step in optimizing Bunge’s European asset footprint and will also allow Bunge to reach greater operational flexibility and efficiency.

The new factory is built according to the latest technological standards, resulting in a highly efficient and sustainable factory, which will start production in 2026. We aim for direct energy savings of 40 percent and a CO2 reduction of 90 percent by 2030. I am extremely proud of the project team who worked diligently to get us to this important milestone and am thankful for the government agencies we have worked with in close partnership, said David Vandermeersch, VP of EMEA at Bunge.

Also in attendance at the first pile ceremony was King’s Commissioner Arthur van Dijk.

By driving the first pile for the new factory, an important step has been taken in the transition to a sustainable industry in our province. I am proud that the province of North Holland has been chosen as the location. This preserves knowledge and innovation for the region. The old factory site on the Zaan will be put up for sale and the current destination will transition from industrial to mixed-use property. That’s good news for the province. Such a process has many challenges and requires good and intensive cooperation, perseverance, courage, and trust. We all face the difficult task of making the transition to a sustainable and circular economy, Commissioner Arthur van Dijk said.

Councilor Stephanie Onclin from the municipality of Zaanstad Economic Affairs and the Labor Market was also in attendance.

As a little girl, I looked out from my bedroom window at this Bunge production location. This milestone that we are jointly achieving here today affects me not only because of the personal ‘trip down memory lane,’ but even more so because together with all parties we are making a striking step forward in every respect for the economy, quality of life and the future of the residents of the Zaan region. From conservation to jobs, higher quality of life for local residents to a giant leap in energy savings and CO2 emissions said Councilor Stephanie Onclin.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025. The company’s current production location along the Zaan in Wormerveer will move to the new location in phases after completion.

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