HŽ Infrastruktura and Slovenian company SZ-ZGP signed a contract for the rail improvement works at Rijeka port, as part of the Port of Rijeka – Container Terminal Zagreb Port project, jointly carried out with Port of Rijeka Authority.
The total value of the project is EUR 32 million, of which 85 percent (EUR 26.8 million) is CEF co-financing. The grant agreement for the project was signed in 2016 between the INEA, the Port of Rijeka Authority and HŽ Infrastruktura Ltd. The project was granted with 85% co-financing by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The project will be implemented within three stages. The first one envisages the reconstruction of the rail freight section of the Rijeka railway station covering the reconstruction and extension of 12 tracks and turnout, the construction of cable ducts, and installation of telecommunication cables, feeding and lighting cables, as well as works on the catenary and the substructure in order to improve bearing capacity and drainage of the base. HŽ Infrastruktura is the investor of this stage.
The Port of Rijeka Authority will be the investor for the next two phases. Under the second phase, the project includes the construction of a connection to track facilities and construction of cable ducts at the connection between the reconstructed tracks of Rijeka freight station and terminal to the existing condition.
The third phase will see the construction of four 400-km tracks on the new part of Zagreb Pier container terminal, and two tracks for gantry cranes.
The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
“The signing of this contract is a continuation of the successful cooperation between the Rijeka Port Authority and HŽ Infrastruktura, not only for the Zagreb Harbor, but also on Brajdica and other projects. This is one of the most important infrastructure projects and its ultimate goal is the modal shift and the increase of the railway transport share,” the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic, said.
“This project will stimulate the development of the competitiveness of the port of Rijeka,” said CEO of HŽ Infrastruktura, Ivan Kršić, stressing that documentation for the construction of the bridge Škrljevo – Rijeka – Jurdani is under construction.