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Italy’s Port Of Augusta Seeks National Fund Financing For “last Mile” Rail Connections

Italy’s Port of Augusta seeks national fund financing for “last mile” rail connections

Source: AdSP del Mare di Sicilia Orientale
Augusta, Sicily, Italy (PortSEurope) May 12, 2021 – As part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr – Il Piano nazionale di ripresa e resilienza) for transport infrastructures, the Port of Augusta is seeking €50 million ($60.8 million) for the construction of the last railway mile inside the port. It will fund works for Porto Megarese, one of three basins at the port, to
be connected to the existing railway network on the Messina-Syracuse line, allowing goods to be transported by rail rather than road, thus redcuing CO2 emissions. The work will cost about 50 million euros and allow goods to travel by rail rather than road, with a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The investment will also relieve some bottlenecks in the local rail network. In addition to the works financed within the Pnrr, the Port Authority has obtained funding for various other works in both ports of the system including the new container quay terminal and the adaptation of a section of the quay of the Commercial Port of Augusta and equipping with gantry cranes; the completion of the static restoration works of the breakwater of the Port of Augusta – I section; the design, consolidation and extension of the eastern quay of the fishing port at the Port of Catania. The port, together with Catania port, is located approximately 270 nm south-southeast of Naples on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily, and managed by Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Sicilian Sea Port Authority). Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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