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Freeport of Riga board makes further progress with Krievu Sala project

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The Freeport of Riga Board has adopted a number of important decisions in relation to the further progress the port’s largest infrastructure project: “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Centre”.

The port reported, in a recent news release, that this will speed up project objectives attainment and prevent any risk of financial corrections, initiated by the European Commission. The project action plan has been updated as well as a long-term operation plan. There also is an agreement with the stevedores on building the necessary connecting infrastructure and coal dust detection wall on Krievu Island (Krievu Sala).

With the aim to ensure maximum throughput capacity and the most efficient use of the future Krievu Island terminal, it is planned to develop Krievu Island local plan, which will set out more detailed requirements for future terminal land use and development and provide a better definition of cargo types, transhipped by the terminal. The Riga City Council will develop local plan for Exportosta and its adjacent areas (as amendments to the Riga Land Use Plan 2006 – 2018), stipulating the cargo types, authorised for handling and storage in the northern part of the Eksportosta, the  said cargo types do not include coal and dangerous goods. Development of both local plans is being supported by the Riga City Council's City Development Committee, and in the coming days both issues will be promoted for adoption by the Riga City Council.

“We actively proceed to implement the Krievu Sala project.  In accordance with the objectives of the project and the Cohesion Fund funding for the coal handling operation relocation away from the city centre, a modern world-class port infrastructure was put into operation at Krievu Island in compliance with the scheduled deadline: by 31 December 2015. Currently the last issues, related to coal handling technology transfer and the necessary support infrastructure provision, are being discussed with the stevedores, but today anyone can see, that the coal handling facilities are being gradually transferred to the new Krievu Island terminal. We are confident, that this process will take place as planned and by the end of 2018 the coal handling operations will be fully transferred to the Krievu Island terminal,” said Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga Martins Ziemanis.

The aim of the project “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Centre” is to free the historical centre of Riga from polluting cargo handling operations, transferring the port terminals to a more appropriate place, Krievu Island (Krievu Sala), while ensuring the competitiveness of the Riga port in the Baltic Sea region.

When starting work on the project with the stevedoring companies, operating at Exportosta  - SIA “Strek” and SIA “Rigas centralais terminals” (SIA “RIGA COAL TERMINAL”), the Freeport of Riga Authority has concluded an agreement providing transfer of their activities – coal cargo handling operations – from the current location of their commercial activity at Eksportosta  to Krievu Island.

On 20 December 2005, the Riga City Council adopted a Decision No. 749 “On the Riga Land Use Plan 2006 - 2018 Approval” by which it was determined that the cargo handling operations should be relocated from the city centre, the historic centre of Riga and its protection zone in the Freeport of Riga to the north, closer to the mouth of the River Daugava, falling into the Gulf of Riga.

The project has been implemented from 2010 till the end of 2015, when the project infrastructure was put into operation. In the framework of the project four deepwater berths with a total length of 1180 m and a 249 m long connecting berth were built. The depth at berths is 15.5 m, with the possibility to extend up to 17 m. With the purpose to create new territory and in the process of access fairway dredging activities 2.7 million m3 of sand were dredged from the Daugava riverbed and due to reclamation the Krievu Island territory of 75 ha is currently 2.50 m above the sea level.

Access roads and streets (of 5.2 km) were built to access the terminal, as well as the rail network (of 11 km) and all the necessary engineering infrastructure and communications.

The planned terminal throughput capacity is from 15 to 20 million tpy. The total project cost is €151.8 million. By thoughtfully implementing project activities, it was possible to achieve €10 million savings.

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