Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ports de la Generalitat allocates nearly half of its investment to adapting to climate change

The environmental dimension will receive most of the investment that the Ports de la Generalitat de Catalunya will allocate to the network of 47 facilities in the period 2024–2027. Of the 30 million expected to be provided, 13 million will serve to “ensure that the ports continue to operate in situations such as the hurricanes suffered in recent years,” said its general director, Annabel Moreno, which was specified during the presentation of the plan. .

These actions will focus on strengthening the ports and structures to ensure the safety of the ships. Likewise, the organization also increased 10.25% of its investments (about three million euros) in the environmental section, but in terms of its interior infrastructure and services, the consumption of renewable energy in the facilities was emphasized, and an improvement was sought in energy efficiency.

80% photovoltaic network

Ports de la Generalitat has already deployed approximately 80% of its photovoltaic network

At a transversal level, the investment strategy of the Ports de la Generalitat until 2027 prioritizes aspects such as the deployment of photovoltaic panels, an action that has already begun in previous plans and that is about to reach 80% of its final development, as calculated by the manager of the Catalan port network. “When the investment plan is completed, almost 100% of the ports will have photovoltaic panel installations,” Moreno said. Although the Generalitat did not detail the additional value of this investment, it highlighted amounts such as 25,000 euros in the port of Roses (Girona) and referred to other areas such as Palamós (Girona) that are also waiting to receive their implementation. . A year ago, the Catalan port organization spent 787,000 euros on a similar network for the port of La Ràpita, in Tarragona. In principle, the facilities are for the ports’ own consumption, although its general director does not reject the “development of energy communities” if there are surpluses.

In the same way, the vertical climate will also include investment in “the installation of remote management turrets in all ports,” infrastructure designed to reduce water consumption in ports, and the adaptation of the water network “to reduce losses.” at the time of consumption. It will also seek to develop a network of electric charging points for vehicles in most of its managed facilities and expand its Onshore Power Supply (OPS) for connection to ships; currently, it has a connection point at the port of Portbou and others. More on La Ràpita.

In its commercial dimension, the Ports de la Generalitat has reserved 856,000 euros for actions in this area. In 2023, the facility received a total of 179 cargo ships throughout its network, where the port of Palamós is its main commercial asset. These stops moved a total of 1.2 million tons, but the general director of the Catalan organization stated that “we must find a balance between the transport of goods and cruises and what is needed in the territory: things give us income. important, but we have to consider what the municipalities want.” In this sense, the board gives an example of the tension created in the unloading space of Palamós with the more urban areas of the site.

The Generalitat plans to make investments in its port network in a phased manner, with an annual amount close to seven million euros. In 2024, it is planned to invest 7.25 million euros, while in 2025 it will be 7.28 million. In 2026, the figure will rise to 7.41 million euros, and the largest investment will be deployed in 2027, with a total of 7.54 million euros.

PRIOR INVESTMENT IN PORTS DE LA GENERALITAT PREMISES 2024-2027

€850,000 to adapt the buildings of the fishing port.

€800,000 in the urbanization of Puerto Street.

€700,000 to replace the fiber cement on the roofs of the warehouses in the quarry warehouse.

€650,000 to strengthen the shelter breakwater and adapt the port promenade, and €500,000 to adapt the “U” pier.

€650,000 to adapt the pontoons at Port Reig and €600,000 to adapt the port buildings.

€3,300,000 to strengthen the east dike and €540,000 to improve Ribera Road.

€823,500 for the new inner dock for the commercial dock and €658,000 for the dredging of the inner dock and the mouth.

€1,500,000 in actions in the eastern sector of the promenade.

€1,000,000 in a new nautical services building.

€739,483 in the organization and development of coastal movement.

€500,000 to improve the sales operations of the unloading dock.

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Source: Ports of the Generalitat

Likewise, the amounts are distributed “looking for a balance with the needs of the territory,” as also added by the Regional Minister of the Generalitat, Ester Capella. The port network is divided into three areas: north, center, and south, with different levels of investment. The largest, 11.23 million euros, was allocated to the North area, with the highest percentage (19.77) centered on the port of Roses. The south zone received 8.6 million euros, and its main beneficiary was La Ràpita (22.85% of the funds), while of the 8.1 million in the center zone, the port of Arenys de Mar took 60.24 percent of the investment. This facility “suffered great damage from Typhoon Gloria” in 2020, Annabel Moreno recalled, so its infrastructure actions are one of the most important. The strengthening of the eastern port, with 3.3 million euros, is the largest amount for a port in the network of this investment plan.

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