Port of Barcelona, Adif establish train company

The Port of Barcelona, Adif establish the Train Port Barcelona company

The Port of Barcelona and Adif have jointly launched Train Port Barcelona with 50/50 ownership.

The establishment of the new company is expected to contribute to fostering rail freight transport in the Mediterranean axis and its area of influence, as well as international transport. 

In October 2020, a collaboration protocol was signed to support the construction of new southern entrances for the Port of Barcelona, including road and railway access. The signatories were the Ministry of Public Works, the Generalitat de Catalunya, Adif, Puertos del Estado, and the Port of Barcelona.

The company will manage and operate the Barcelona Port Rail Management Centre (CGFB), where planning and coordination of the provision of services between Can Tunis station and the Port of Barcelona’s railway terminals will take place. It will also manage train manoeuvring and operations services. 

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Train Port Barcelona will build and operate the future Intermodal Terminal of the Port of Barcelona for 50 years under a public domain concession regime. The facilities (13.8 hectares) will represent an investment of €22 million ($24 million) and will comprise a four-track classification yard, two portico cranes and a container storage area. 

The company will also operate the La Llagosta Intermodal and Logistics Terminal under a lease regime that will also extend to 50 years. The overall transformation of this terminal, located 20 kilometres from the port, entails an investment of €25 million ($27.2 million) in its initial phase. The facility will have a four-track classification yard, two portico cranes and a 14.5-hectare container storage area. 

Train Port Barcelona will hold a minority stake as part of the shareholder structure of the future Rail Motorway or ferroutage terminal to be built in the old Llobregat riverbed.

Last month, the Port of Barcelona performed a total of 199 liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations to ships for a total of 143,000 cubic metres (m3) in December 2023.

More recently, the Port of Barcelona received the first Onshore Power Supply (OPS) substation of the future connection network for ships that are being rolled out with the Nexigen project.

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