Rotterdam Antwerp Pipeline

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Rotterdam Antwerp Pipeline (RAPL) is an operating oil pipeline in the Netherlands and Belgium.[1][2]


The Rotterdam Antwerp Pipeline connects the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, the two biggest ports in Europe.[3][2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Total S.A. (50%)
  • Current capacity: 575 kb/d[3]
  • Length: 102 km / 63.38 miles[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1971[2]


Construction plans for the RAPL were approved by the Belgian government in 1968. At the time, the New York Times, referred to the pipeline as "controversial."[4]

The Rotterdam Antwerp Pipeline is a 120 km pipeline between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. As the two biggest ports in Europe, they have a major impact on the European economy. It transports Rotterdam oil to two refineries in Antwerp.[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rotterdam Antwerpen Pijpleiding (RAPL) CGE, accessed September 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Rotterdam Antwerpen Pijpleiding - RAPL". Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 International Energy Agency (2010). "Oil and Gas Security - Belgium 2010" (PDF). Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  4. Times, Special to The New York (1968-10-14). "Belgium Approves Antwerp Pipeline From Rotterdam; BELGIUM BACKING ANTWERP PIPELINE". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-24.

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