Riga’s port cargo operations to be moved away from city centre

Air quality and the environment in the Latvian capital are set to improve significantly following completion of a project to relocate bulk cargo operations in the port of Riga away from the city centre.

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The project entails moving bulk cargo operations at the Freeport of Riga to a new site at Krievu Sala, some 10 km north of Riga city centre and closer to the open sea. New berths and accompanying port infrastructure will be built at Krievu Sala to accommodate bulk cargos of coal and other commodities such as iron ore.

The move aims to reduce levels of coal dust, noise and road congestion currently caused by bulk cargo operations in the city centre.

Construction work on the 56 hectare site at Krievu Sala will include riverbank enforcement, the building of a quayside and 11 km of railway, as well as access roads, water, sewerage, gas, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure. Four new berths will have a design capacity of 15 million tonnes of bulk cargo a year.

Ensuring jobs and the port and city’s future growth potential

When the project is completed, towards the end of 2013, 123 ha of land, currently used for cargo handling close to the city centre, will be freed up for urban development in Riga.

The port of Riga is a significant hub in the trans-European transport network’s Nordic axis. By ensuring the competitiveness of Riga as an important freight and transport hub in the Baltic Sea region with excellent sea, road and rail connections, the project is expected to safeguard around 1 000 jobs which could otherwise be lost.

The two-year construction phase of the project is expected to provide 5 300 jobs and 400 extra jobs will be created thereafter.

The main socio-economic benefit of the project, reduced environmental pollution, has an estimated discounted value of EUR 22 219 060.

The project also provides for the possible future expansion of the Freeport of Riga away from the current city centre location, where expansion possibilities are limited. Operators of the new port facilities will be required to ensure that the terminals are open for use to all potential customers.

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