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Expansion of Port of Aarhus Subject to an Environmental Assessment

Creation date: 16 April 2018

Port of Aarhus plan to expand with new port areas in the sea to the east. The working title of the expansion is “Yderhavnen” (the outer port) and is part of the agreement about the port areas near the city, which Port of Aarhus sold to the City of Aarhus for urban development. The expansion, which will now be environmentally assessed, is expected to be carried out in three phases. The last phase is expected to be finished in about 40 years. Please see the enclosed map.

The city as well as Port of Aarhus are growing remarkably. The population is increasing, and so is the number of working places and companies. This implies an increased need for transportation of goods – import as well as export. New port areas are a prerequisite for continued growth and development, and a must for the port to be able to meet the demands of the customers.

“We are close to completing the port’s current master plan from 1997. And it is with some pride on behalf of the entire company I can say that the forecasts and the vision have turned out to last. Currently we are working on the last phase, i.e. moving the ferry terminal away from the city to the eastern port. The outer port is an extension of the East Port, thus fulfilling the wish for moving the port out into the sea and away from the city”, says Port Director Jakob Flyvbjerg Christensen.

He emphasizes that the current port areas are largely utilized and that Port of Aarhus has sold no less than 600,000 sq. m port area to the city. Initially, Port of Aarhus wishes an extension of approx. 300,000 sq. m, which forms the first phase (expected to be completed in 2030). The other two phases are of 650,000 sq. m (expected to be completed in 2048) and 450,000 sq. m (expected to be completed in 2060).

The current growth figures at Port of Aarhus Havn are two-digit, and forecasts continue to show growth in both the container and the bulk sections. In addition, it is generally believed that maritime transport should help solve the congestion on the Danish roads, so one might assume that even more freight will be transported by sea rather than by road in the future.

The environmental assessment that the Port of Aarhus has now requested must examine all relevant environmental conditions. The survey will take several years and there will be a number of consultation phases during the process.

"The outer port is a prerequisite for the continued growth of the city and the port. It will be located well away from Aarhus city, and at the same time it is possible to provide space for a purification plant at the port expansion instead of the present location at the “Tangkrogen”. Therefore, I am convinced that such an overall solution will be well received by the majority. But of course, resistance can always be found somewhere, "says Jakob Flyvbjerg Christensen.

For further information please contact Port Director Jakob Flyvbjerg Christensen, cell phone 20605214.

 

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