ENERGY BARGE - Assessing storage options for wood biomass in the Port of Straubing


In the course of the ENERGY BARGE project, our partners from the logistics sector compiled pre-feasibility studies to define development plans and investment needs to strengthen Danube ports as logistics hubs for the bioenergy sector. The Port of Straubing analysed options to provide additional storage space for biobased feedstocks and products in the port.

Straubing’s multimodal port was established in 1996, which makes it the youngest Danube port in Bavaria. It offers well-established infrastructural connections and has vast experience in handling of biomass cargo with a current focus on bulk goods for the bioenergy and agriculture sectors. An average of 3.7 million tonnes of goods are handled in the tri-modal port (water, road, rail) annually. About a fifth thereof is transhipped via inland waterway transport. Between 80 and 90% of the cargo handled has been biomass in the form of input feedstock for biofuel generation.

The conducted pre-feasibility study aimed to investigate and analyse options to improve the capacities of the Port of Straubing as a logistics hub for biomass handling. After assessing a set of three pre-defined development options, ranking of factors of importance and discussions with industrial stakeholders, the subject of the study was laid on a preliminary analysis of options to develop additional storage space for biobased feedstocks and products. This was deemed as a prerequisite to serve the needs of current and future potential customers of services offered in the port by both the port management itself and the private logistics companies operating based on the port’s infra- and superstructure. The primary focus was on open-air storage for wood biomass feedstock and products.


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The port capacity of 500,000 t/a for waterside transhipment has been exceeded by 100,000 – 300,000 t/a in the recent years. Of the 220 ha of property to be settled in the port and greater port area (industrial park), some 40 ha are still available to be settled, however, scattered into several plots with few ‘class 1’ plots left. The port basin is fully settled. As a result of the study, options for additional storage would have to be developed in line with a general extension of the port area and in close relation to the port’s business model.

The port management, in cooperation with municipal and regional politics, strives to develop the port and its industrial area in line with the remaining region to become a model region for renewable raw materials and sustainable bioeconomy. The port’s role in this development is the provision of attractive site advantages for bioeconomy companies to settle in the region. Most important factors in this regard are availability of suitable and flexible settlement infrastructure including competitive utilities (steam, heat) as well as flexible inbound and outbound logistics options for both biobased feedstock and products/intermediates.

The full study can be accessed via this link.

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)