Rotterdam Rhine Pipeline

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Rotterdam Rhine Pipeline (RRP) is an oil pipeline that transports crude oil and semi-finished products in Germany.[1]


The Rotterdam Rhine Pipeline transports petroleum products from Rotterdam's Europoort to Venlo (Netherlands), where it branches northeast to Wesel and the BP Gelsenkirchen refinery in Germany's Ruhr region, and southeast to the Shell Godorf refinery near Cologne, Germany.[1][2]

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Project Details

  • Owners: Royal Dutch Shell, Ruhr Öl, BP[3]
  • Current capacity: 320,000 barrels per day[4]
  • Length: 457 km / 284 mi[3]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1958[3]


The Rotterdam Rhine Pipeline was established in 1958 as a joint venture between Shell, Ruhr Öl, BP and Texaco. RRP operates two pipelines stretching a total length of 457 kilometres.[3] One pipeline system transports crude oil to refineries in Germany. The other transports oil products such as petrol, naphtha, diesel, gas oil and kerosene.[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rotterdam-Rijn Pijpleiding Rotterdam-Rijn Pijpleiding, accessed August 2018
  2. "Pipelines-from-Rotterdam.jpg". Port of Rotterdam. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Company". RRP (Rotterdam-Rijn Pijpleiding). Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  4. Netherlands-Germany crude oil pipeline shut down after spill, Yahoo! Finance, Apr. 16, 2014

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