The Environmental Evaluation Commission (CEA for the Spanish initials) unanimously approved the expansion project for Terminal 2 (T2), developed by the concessionaire, Terminal Cerros de Valparaíso (TCVAL).
The meeting chaired by the Mayor of the Region of Valparaiso, Jorge Martínez, gave its support to the project after receiving and evaluating the second Complementary Addendum sent by TCVAL which contained the corrections to the observations delivered by the competent bodies.
In this way, the expansion of T2 obtains the Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCE for the Spanish initials), after almost four years since the concessionaire began the environmental process, a necessary condition to advance in the development of the project.
In addition, the Commission approved the project taking into account the request of TCVAL and EPV not to consider and modify what is recommended by the SEA in terms of “strengthening” the execution of works associated with the Master Plan for Public Spaces, the Patrimonial Protection Plan and increase the monitoring of underwater archaeological finds.
The project, which has an estimated investment of USD 500 million, began in 2013 when Terminal Cerros de Valparaíso was awarded the concession for Terminal 2 to promote the construction of a berthing front of 785 linear meters that will house the two new sites 9 and 10.
The work considers adding 9.1 hectares of backup area, infrastructure that will allow the attention of two Post Panamax ships simultaneously, in addition to the operational recovery of the current Breakwater, allowing an estimated transfer capacity of 1 million TEUs.
The initiative will extend from the northeastern vertex of the Breakwater to Edwards street in the south. In addition, it will gain 185 meters on the seaside, giving rise to an esplanade of approximately 12.5 hectares that will be used for the transfer of cargo.