Canal rehabilitation to boost local economy

A major rehabilitation initiative in the south-eastern region of Romania will ensure greater safety and usability of canals at the mouth of the Danube River, while creating hundreds of jobs.

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This initiative involves the upgrading and rehabilitation of equipment and installations on the Black Sea – Danube (CDMN) and Midia Navodari – White Gate (CPAMN) canal, so as to ensure good quality connections between the port of Constanta and the Danube River. The Danube is part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) and of the priority axis “Rhine / Meuse-Main-Danube”.

The project implementation is divided into two phases, the first being encompassed in the present decision, while the second phase will be co-financed during the 2014 – 2020 programming period. Phase one includes rehabilitation of: chamber 2 of the Agigea lock, on the right bank of the CDMN; chamber 2 of the Cernavoda lock, at the same location, and; chamber 1 of the Ovidiu lock, on the left bank of the CPAMN. Phase two includes rehabilitating three chambers, pumping stations and high-water galleries.

A multi-benefit project

Once completed, it is estimated that these two phases of the rehabilitation scheme will reduce the number of accidents while transiting the canals from 13 to three per year. Furthermore, annual availability of the canals is due to increase from 45 % currently to 95 %. The main beneficiaries will be users of the two canals, as well as the neighbouring area in general, which will be better protected against floods thanks to the rehabilitation of the pumping stations and the high-water galleries. Moreover, 48 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation of the project, and 360 upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Locks Modernization: equipment and installations” is EUR 105 528 061, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 55 475 950 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Modernization and development of TEN-T priority axes aiming at sustainable transport system integrated with EU transport networks”.

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