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Valenciaport: The New North Terminal Is A Clear Example Of Infrastructure That Combines Sustainability And Growth

Valenciaport: the new North Terminal is a clear example of infrastructure that combines sustainability and growth

Source: Valenciaport
The president of Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia) has appreciated being able to explain in the Corts “the most important work of the Valencian Community in the coming years” – October 16, 2020 The future North Terminal of the Port of Valencia will multiply by two the employment generated by the Port, reaching 80,000 jobs in 2030 It involves
a public-private investment of €1,400 million, of which 1,000 million correspond to private initiative “València will have the most efficient, competitive and environmentally friendly Terminal” The president of the Port Authority of Valencia, Aurelio Martínez has indicated in the Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport Committee of Les Corts that “the new North Terminal of the Port of València is a clear example of infrastructure that combines sustainability and growth. The new terminal is going to be the most environmentally advanced in the world, it will be fully electrified, which will minimize the emission of CO2 by supplying electricity to ships or reducing current CO2 emissions by 98%, while creating new jobs qualified and will be a booster of the economic activity of the Valencian Community and Spain, which will allow us to continue being a strategic port hub worldwide ”. During his appearance, Martínez explained that the North Terminal of the Port of València is necessary because “international trade will continue to grow and commercial exchanges occur, where maritime transport is the most competitive and environmentally efficient” and has given an example, ” to replace a ship from Valencia to China it takes 240 trains, which are 10 times more polluting per navigable mile than a ship. The railway is going to be a key element in the future and we must continue to strengthen it, but it cannot compete with the ship in the transport of goods ”. In addition, he has indicated that this infrastructure is essential because “the port of Valencia is already at 73% of its maximum capacity, we want to continue being a hub port, not losing traffic”. In this sense, he pointed out that “to remain competitive we must grow and for this the new terminals have to be efficient in terms of employment and respectful of the environment, betting on clean energy or a greater presence of the railroad, among others. And a clear example will be the new North Terminal ”. The APV president has indicated that the Strategic Plan 2001-2015 prepared by the Port Authority of Valencia contemplated an expansion of the infrastructures of the port of Valencia in its northern area, which was approved within the framework of the mandatory procedures to undertake the expansion, in July 2006 by the Governing Council of Ports of the State that approved the Master Plan of Infrastructures of the Port of Valencia. The works included in the aforementioned Master Plan were submitted to the current environmental processing, obtaining a favorable Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). “After obtaining the favorable EIS, the shelter works of the North Extension were undertaken, which began in June 2008 and ended in February 2012. The total amount of the works was €204 million, of which €74 million they were subsidized with European Cohesion Funds ”, he pointed out. Aurelio Martínez explained that “the works already started at the port comply with the assumptions that are requested to make a new EIS: When there is a significant increase in emissions to the atmosphere, when there is an increase in the generation of waste, when the discharges into channels or increase the use of public resources. In no case is the new construction of the north terminal among these reasons ”. For this reason, the president of the PAV has emphasized that the 2007 EIS “is valid and in force” since it does not affect the modifications of the 2019 preliminary draft that do not have an adverse effect on the inner basin since they are made in inland waters , the extension of the breakwater will not be carried out, Regarding the allegations, the president of APV has indicated that a total of 216 have been counted. “They are all answered in writing exhaustively. Once Puertos del Estado and the Board of Directors of APV approve the modifications to the 2018 draft, they will be reported. We are a totally transparent port that has to be compatible with the confidentiality of the companies involved from which permission must be requested ”. Impact on economic and employment During his speech, the president of APV pointed out that “the new North Terminal is the most important work for the Valencian Community in the coming years. If we want to continue being a strategic port hub on a global level and a dynamizer of economic activity, the Valencian Community cannot afford the luxury of not carrying out this expansion ”. According to the studies carried out, when the new terminal is operational, the economic activity of the Port of València will double, generating up to 80,000 jobs (double that at present) and a gross added value close to €6,000 million (three times more than today). During his appearance, Martínez explained that “the new North Terminal will involve an investment of €1,400 million – €400 million public and €1,000 million private – with a significant economic impact both in the construction phase and when it comes into operation.” The president concluded his speech by highlighting that “Valencia is going to have the most modern terminal in the world, the most efficient, which will allow a greater attraction of traffic, with a firm commitment to the railway, respectful of the environment, generating qualified employment and fulfilling the mission of improving the competitiveness of the business fabric of the Valencian Community and our hinterland. In short, combining growth and sustainability ”. Finally, the president of APV has invited all parliamentary groups to “visit the port and expand all those aspects of the new North Terminal or any other Valenciaport project.” Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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