Every day, every night, year in, year out, the Rotterdam-Rijn Pijpleiding (Rotterdam Rhine Pipeline, RRP) transports crude oil and semi-finished products from Rotterdam Europoort to the Ruhr area in Germany. It does this silently, safely and invisibly, with no impact on its surroundings or the environment.


The N.V. Rotterdam-Rijn Pijpleiding (RRP) was established in 1958 as a joint venture between Shell, Ruhr Öl, BP and Texaco. RRP operates two pipelines stretching a total length of 475 kilometres. One pipeline system transports crude oil to refineries in Germany. The other transports oil products such as petrol, naphtha, diesel, gas oil and kerosene. Both pipeline systems are efficient, safe and environmentally friendly.

RRP has 50 employees who work day and night to optimise the performance of the pipeline systems. The oil transport itself is invisible, odourless and silent.


Our unique quality is that our pipeline system is imperceptible. You can't see it, hear it, smell it or feel it, though it is constantly working.

Our mission is to transport crude oil and oil products as responsibly as possible and provide world-class maintenance on the pumping stations, block valve stations and pipelines. For that reason, we are investing strongly in facilities to guarantee the safety of people and the environment. We are maximising our energy efficiency and trying to

minimise nuisance to others. Moreover, we are building facilities to prevent possible damage due to external factors, such as excavations.

In 2009, we launched an extensive € 50 million maintenance programme and investment project, applying state-of-the-art techniques to guarantee everything relating to efficiency, quality, safety, the environment and customer service, for the present and into the future. That’s what we stand for!


As an operator, RRP is responsible for ensuring that the pipelines remain safe and undisturbed underground. Our pipelines cannot be seen above the ground, so it is vital that we monitor them closely. With the aid of advanced computer systems, we operate, guard and monitor the pipeline system constantly. Extremely accurate leakage detection systems continuously measure the pipeline network to detect any leaks.

In order to comply with all the relevant legislation and regulations, we have a modern occupational health and safety management system in place (OSHAS 18001). This system is audited annually.

Maintenance and prevention
We clean the pipelines every month. As part of this process, we also regularly measure the wall thickness and remove any oil, paraffin or water residue. In case of an emergency, our people and the necessary materials are ready to immediately control the situation. We have emergency plans to cover these situations and these are put into immediate effect. Drills are regularly held to ensure that we can act quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency.

Marker poles are placed at various locations along the pipelines indicating the site of the pipeline. A telephone number can also be found on these poles which can be called in an emergency. Safety first!


A pipeline is an invisible trail through the landscape. Meadows, woods, fields and rivers are passed by with no damage to the landscape. The pipeline remains intact, produces no pollution, is silent and safe and has no impact on the environment.

In order to comply with all the relevant legislation and regulations, we have a modern environmental management system in place (ISO 14001). This system is also audited annually.

Leakage prevention
Obviously, it is vital that no crude oil and oil products enter the groundwater or the soil in any circumstances. Besides various preventative measures,

a properly functioning maintenance organisation with clear maintenance plans is essential for us.

In order to counter noise nuisance, we have installed sound-insulating covers on the pumping units located near residential areas. Where necessary, the aboveground pipeline sections are fitted with a soundproof lining. These measures ensure that the pipelines have the minimum impact on people and the environment.


Our two pipelines have a total length of 475 kilometres. They transport an average of 16 million tons of crude oil and 8.5 million tons of oil products annually.

Crude oil
The 36" pipeline for crude oil has a maximum capacity of 3,000 m3/hr in the Netherlands. The speed at which the crude oil is pumped through the pipeline varies between 0.7 and 1.8 metres per second.

Oil products
At 24", the pipeline for oil products is narrower than the pipeline for crude oil. This pipeline has a maximum capacity of 2,000 m3/hr in the Netherlands.


The main pipeline for crude oil runs from Rotterdam Europoort to Venlo. In Venlo, the oil is temporarily stored in tanks before being pumped to its final destination. From Venlo, the pipeline splits into a northern and a southern branch. The pipeline to the north leads to the refineries of Ruhr Öl near Gelsenkirchen. To the south, the pipeline ends at Shell Deutschland's Rheinland refineries.

The interim storage at Venlo allows the pipelines to the north and the south to be used separately. The pumps are optimally used, ensuring that energy is used efficiently.

The pipeline that transports oil products runs from Pernis to the border at Venlo (Herungen) with an intermediate pumping station in Lieshout. At the border, this pipeline connects to that of the German Rhein-Main-Rohrleitungstransportgesellschaft mbH (RMR), and that system transports the oil products from the German border to southern Germany.