The specialization of the port terminals, the modernization of the handling equipment and the improvement of the work processes are of highest priority for BMF Port Burgas EAD and play the key role for successful operation, provision of high quality port services and improvement of the competitive ability of the Company.
For the purpose of accomplishment of the key objectives for development and modernization of port terminal Burgas East – 2 and port terminal Burgas West, BMF Port Burgas EAD launched the implementation of an ambitious investment program where the planned investment for the period of the concession exceeds 132 million Euros. In order to transform port terminal Burgas East – 2 and port terminal Burgas West into modern, multipurpose terminals for handling and storage of different type of cargo: general, bulk, liquid cargo and containers, BMF Port Burgas EAD has invested around 70 mln. Euro for the period from 2012 to 2017.
The main projects that have been implemented in this period are:
- Rehabilitation and modernization of the platform for handling and storage of general cargo in the back areas of berths 17 and 18 (port terminal Burgas East 2). The project was finalized on October 2013 and the investment exceeded 2.6 million Euros. Additional equipment for general cargo handling has been purchased – heavy duty mobile cranes. The existing port infrastructure has been repaired and modernized.
- Constriction of specialized facility for handling of liquefied hydrocarbon gases /LPG/ with tanker discharge rate of 1500 tons (3000 cubic meters)/24 hours. The facility has been commissioned in the end of 2014 as extension of the existing buffer warehouse for liquid cargo located in the territory of port terminal Burgas East – 2. The total value of investment exceeds 4 million Euros.
- Construction of a state-of-the-art hi-tech silo complex for handling of grain in the back areas of berth 31 of port terminal Burgas East – 2. The facility consists of 5 silos with total capacity of 75000 tons of grain which, together with a modern railway and road discharge facility enable BMF Port Burgas EAD to handle grain cargo under strict observation of all applicable European laws and regulations. The silo facility was constructed from leading US and Turkish companies. The commissioning of the facility in the end of 2014 allows both terminals to handle over 1.200.000 tons of grain per annum. The new silo complex allows handling of grain on Panamax vessels thanks to the draft of berth 31. The total value of the project is over 6 million Euros.
- In May 2017 we put in operation the new Technological port facilities and warehouse for discharging and storage of copper concentrate. The project design was a collaboration with major client and it provides direct discharging of copper concentrate form vessel into storage facility by means of a new Portal hydraulic crane and subsequent loading onto railway cars for transportation. The total storage capacity is 65,000 tons of copper concentrate. The targeted capacity for handling is 9000 tons per 24 hours . The total value of investment is approximately 15 million Euros.
- Another brand new terminal constructed in 2017 is the Specialized terminal for handling and storage of sulfuric acid. The total storage capacity is 50,000 tons of sulfuric acid. It provides fully automated direct discharging from railway tanks into storage tanks and dispatching onto vessel at a loading rate of 1000 t/h . The total value of investment is above 10 million Euros.
- Construction of a multipurpose movable facility for storage of concentrates in the back areas of berth 20 of terminal Burgas East – 2*. The facility’s capacity is 200.000 tons bulk cargo per annum and load capacity of 7000 tons/24 hours.
- Rehabilitation of the existing port areas of terminal Burgas West and Burgas East – 2. A significant portion of the storage platforms of terminal Burgas West was completely renovated. New ground surfaces have been laid and the existing covered warehouses have been repaired and modernized.
- Purchase of port equipment for handling of bulk cargo – front loaders, mobile port cranes etc.
- Purchase of special container handling equipment, including two 100 t mobile cranes, port tractors, reach stackers etc.
In the next few years, on the territory of both terminals will be constructed completely new facilities:
In view of the ambitious investment plan, in the next years BMF Port Burgas EAD will continue the modernization and rehabilitation of the port complexes.
Investments will be made in construction of new storage areas, additional railways, new road surface and drainage system, as well as purchasing of new hi-tech equipment, which will contribute to the increase of competitive advantages of both terminals through cargo handling capacity growth at the quay and in the back areas (warehouses), handling terms reduction, lay days of vessels, cars / trucks and rail cars at the port, and reduction of shippers’ costs of logistics, respectively.
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PROJECTS UNDER EU FUNDING
On 12.10.2017, BMF Port Burgas EAD, the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) and the Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks (INEA), under the powers delegated by the European Commission, signed Grant Agreement No. INEA/CEF/TRAN/M2016/1367230 for the provision of a grant for the realization of the project “From East 2 West. Access to the OEM Corridor through the Core port of Burgas. Studies for completing the port infrastructure and the rail connections – 2016-BG-TMC-0083-S”. The project has a total indicative value of EUR 2 670 000, and up to 85% of this amount, or EUR 2 269 500, will be allocated under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Transport sector.
The deadline for the implementation of the project is 30.09.2019.
The planned activities of BMF Port Burgas EAD are aimed at:
Execution of preparatory studies and surveys, cost-benefit analysis and preparation of preliminary and technical design for the completion of the quay wall at berth No. 33 and extension of the existing railway tracks (construction of a railway connection) at port terminal Burgas East – 2 in connection with the establishment of general cargos handling and storage site on the territory of the terminal;
Execution of preparatory studies and surveys, cost-benefit analysis and preparation of preliminary and technical design for the completion of the quay wall of port terminal Burgas West in connection with the establishment of general cargos and container handling and storage site on the territory of the terminal.
The planned activities of the National Railway Infrastructure Company include the awarding of a technical design for the rehabilitation of a part of the railway tracks connecting the port of Burgas (port terminal Burgas East – 2) with the Vladimir Pavlov railway station.
The investment intentions of BMF Port Burgas EAD and the National Railway Infrastructure Company are completely in line with the EU strategy for development of the Trans-European Transport Network, for the ensuring of the cross-border connections and removing the network bottlenecks. The realization of the project will contribute to the development of the infrastructure for direct land access to the port, thus facilitating the transport of freight between the port and the interior of the country, as well as integration between maritime and railway transport.