Extension of the northern sector of port of Valencia

This projects aims at expanding the port by building a new harbour. This will be achieved thanks to a new sea wall and by dredging all subsequent waste. It will be implemented by the public company Organismo Público Puertos del Estado in Valencia (Spain).

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Project description

The project will be split in two phases, which are independent one from the other (only the first phase receives EU co-financing). The sea wall will be 3360 m long approximately, while it will have a shape of 90 degrees. Its depth below sea level will be between -12,0 m and -21,5 m in its first part, and between -20,0 m and -21,5 m in its second part. The closing sea wall at the Eastern part of the port will be 1085 m long approximately, and its two parts will have a shape of 110 degrees. A formation level of 14 Ha will also be built accordingly, thanks to 623 500 m3 of waste which will stem from dredging activities.

What are the project likely benefits ?

This project will boost the building sector in the region and should enhance the activity of import-export companies, given the good road and railway network of the region of Valencia.  The mid-term plan is to strengthen the port as a hub of the Western Mediterranean Sea, creating thus new possibilities with access to large markets in North Africa. The Valencia port is part of the priority axis 21 of the TEN-T network, which foresees a motorway of the sea in South-West Europe. It is expected that approximately 11,000 jobs will be created during the project with 6,000 more after the project has been finalised.

What are the project likely environmental benefits ?

Sea transport is considered as much less polluting than road transport. Moreover, the vast majority of goods exported/imported by Valencia port have their origin or destination nearby. This means that all these goods will not have to be shipped through ports which are far from Valencia. The polluter pays principle is being respected, and the project has an environmental early warning plan.

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