Cologne-based specialty chemicals company Lanxess has expanded storage capacity for its phosphoric acid ester plant at the Leverkusen site, investing around 8 million euros. The new storage facility for liquids consists of six 150 m3 tanks, giving a total volume of 900 m3, and replaces the previous, smaller tank farm, which had a capacity of only 145 m3. “With the new, much larger storage facility, we’re continuing to ensure reliable supplies of raw materials and boosting our ability to respond flexibly to changes on the raw material markets,” explains Karsten Job, head of Plastic Additives Business in the Rhein Chemie Additives business unit at Lanxess. As well as the expanded tank farm, Lanxess has also built a new unloading station to transfer raw materials from tankers. It has five bottom discharge arms and corresponding vapor recovery arms that transport the highly flammable liquids into the tanks in line with the strictest safety requirements.