February 1, 2023

Alfonso Alday I Transportation XXI

Deposa continues its expansion in the port of Bilbao

The expansion project, whose investment will exceed 700,000 euros, includes the construction of four new tanks with a capacity of 8,500 cubic meters, on a plot of 1,500 square meters.

BILBAO - Depósitos Portuarios S.A. (Deposa), which last year completed the expansion of its terminal in the port of Bilbao with the construction of six tanks of 2,000 cubic meters each, will continue its expansion in the Basque dock throughout 2023. The company, specialized in the storage of agri-food liquid bulk, will build four more stainless steel tanks, heat-insulated and thermally insulated, with a total capacity of about 8,500 cubic meters, which will exceed 40,000 cubic meters. For this purpose, the operator has requested to the port entity, chaired by Ricardo Barkala, the occupation of a 1,500 square meter plot of land in the Reina Victoria dock, adjacent to its current facilities.

The project, which at the time of going to press had just passed the public information phase, responds to the increase in traffic of its customers, which contemplate a movement of 50,000 additional tons, which would mean working about 12 more ships per year. In 2022, with a flow of more than 100,000 tons, an activity record, the terminal reached an occupancy rate of 95 percent.

The roadmap also includes the construction of a covered area for loading and unloading tanker trucks. The planned investment will exceed 700,000 euros, including civil works, mechanical and electrical works and tanks.

The works will be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, which aims to build the general infrastructure and all the equipment and services of the planned expansion, the port operator will build two tanks of 2,500 cubic meters of capacity each, with a height of 16 meters and a diameter of 14 meters.

Second phase

The other two tanks included in the project will be undertaken in a second phase. They will have a capacity of 1,300 and 1,800 cubic meters, respectively. The smaller one, with a diameter of 10 meters, and the other, with a diameter of 12.5 meters. Both will have a height of 16 meters. As in the rest of its facilities, the new plant, through independent pipelines, will be able to receive the products directly from the quay, where it has a mooring line of 500 meters, with a draught of between 9.5 and 10 meters.

Deposa, founded in 1951, operates in the port of Bilbao, on the grounds of the Depósito Franco, a terminal for the reception, storage and dispatch of liquid agri-food and agro-energy products, protected from harmful, corrosive or hazardous products and operating 24/7.