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The port of Bilbao begins its largest expansion in the outer Abra

Port Bilbao

Mairenis Gomez

February 14, 2024 | 6:38 p.m.

The great transformation of the Port of Bilbao

El Port of Bilbao, one of the most vital economic engines for the town and the entire province of Bizkaia, has taken a gigantic step towards the future. With an investment planned for this year of 77,8 million euros, the port begins the second phase of the central breakwater, a project that will add 30 hectares to the Abra Exterior. This development not only represents a physical expansion; symbolizes a firm commitment to growth and sustainability.

The electrification of docks: a commitment to the environment

In addition to the expansion, The Port of Bilbao launches a key initiative for sustainability, the electrification of its docks. This measure will allow docked vessels to connect to the electrical grid, eliminating the need to keep their engines running. The result will be a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, as well as noise and vibration levels. The first phase of this project, BilbOPS, has already been awarded and promises to be a game changer in port operations, marking a before and after in the port's relationship with its environment.

Investment and the future: sustainability and cutting-edge technology

In addition, the sum of 78 million euros allocated to the BilbOPS project, with notable support from the European Commission and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, reflects the scope and importance of this initiative. It is not just an investment in infrastructure. It is an investment in the future. The commitment that 20% of the energy used is renewable, with a view to reaching 50% in 2028, sets a precedent in the port industry worldwide.

The integration of technologies

This ambitious plan to expand and modernize the Port of Bilbao is not only intended to increase its operational capacity and competitiveness at a global level. It also reflects an unwavering commitment to sustainable development. The integration of clean technologies and the electrification of docks are tangible examples of how the port is preparing to face the environmental challenges of the present and the future.

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Bilbao is getting ready for a greener and more expansive future with the expansion of the Port

The Port of Bilbao as a beacon of progress and sustainability

For the citizens of Bilbao and Bizkaia, these projects represent much more than figures and infrastructure works.. They are the promise of development that does not sacrifice environmental well-being for economic growth. The Port of Bilbao is reinventing itself, not only to increase its capacity and efficiency. But to ensure that its growth goes hand in hand with the preservation of the environment and the quality of life of the community that surrounds it.

Undoubtedly, The Port of Bilbao is not only expanding. It is leading the way towards a future in which sustainability and innovation are the fundamental pillars. This transformation will not only benefit the maritime industry and the local economy; It will be a model to follow for ports around the world. With these steps, the Port of Bilbao not only secures its position as a leader in the international port field. But it also reinforces its commitment to the planet and future generations.

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