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American Petroleum Company

American Petroleum Company

The first petroleum port in Belgium

The first American oil trickled into Europe via the port of Antwerp in 1863. The Antwerp petroleum industry established itself between the South and Hoboken.

The site was destroyed during the Second World War, and the companies moved to the Marshall Dock. The oldest petroleum site in the port of Antwerp, with some historic buildings of the American Petroleum Company, was demolished in 2013 to make way for the new business park known as Blue Gate.

In an attempt to preserve the site, the Flemish Association for Industrial Archeology applied for protection through the heritage inventory but was three days too late to let the buildings be protected.

The caretaker's house on the corner of Lakweg and Naftaweg was demolished. The industrial halls behind it, which are particularly notable for their concrete arches, were preserved thanks to the efforts of the VVIA and are being repurposed. In 2023, a new road was constructed towards the former APC building.

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