Terquimsa and Tepsa will build a rail charger for liquid bulk cargo in Port of Barcelona

18 Augost 2016

The new facility will allow the expansion of the hinterland of the two terminals

The Board of Directors of the Port of Barcelona approved in its meeting on July the granting of an administrative concession for the companies Terminales Químicos, SA (TERQUIMSA) and Terminales Portuarias, SL (TEPSA) for the installation and operation of a railway charger with European rail-width for the receipt and transshipment of liquid bulk cargo by rail.

The infrastructure will be installed in the railroad terminal in the loading dock “Energia” of the Port of Barcelona and will be 345 m2 of area and will have a concession period which will last until 2030.

The budget of the investments to be made by both terminals is 887.666 euros and includes the construction of an elevated platform of 5 meters and 84 m2 for top loading of trains; and the construction of a rack of pipes linking this platform with TERQUIMSA and TEPSA.

The new charger will have capacity to operate compositions of 14 wagons (210 meters) without partitions. It must be highlighted that the current rail loader, located on TEPSA installations, has a maximum capacity of 9 wagons, segregated in two railways for 4 and 5 wagons.

Better connection with the hinterland

The new facility will expand the hinterland (area of ​​influence) of TEPSA and TERQUIMSA and will facilitate its expansion to France, which is only possible if minimum railway compositions are guaranteed. Moreover, with new investments, the current railway line would permit to lengthen the trains that could be operated, which could expand capacity if market demand requires it.

This investment is in line with the objectives defined by the Strategic Plan 2015-2020 of the Port of Barcelona that aims to promote alternative modes of transport to road and intermodal, as well as the presence of the Port of Barcelona and its operators in the hinterland, in order to become the first euro-regional center of distribution in the Mediterranean in competition with the ports of northern Europe.