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Monday 16 Nov 2015 / Gerelateerde tags: Infrastructure 

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Trilogiport and the fourth Lanaye lock were officially inaugurated on 13 November by the Minister-President, the Minister for Public Works & Waterways and the Minister for Economy of the Walloon Government, in the presence of the Belgian King.

Initiated in 2003, the Trilogiport project is a tri-modal platform (water-rail-road) of about 120 hectares strategically located in the heart of Europe, at the crossroads of a major motorway and rail network, for easy and fast access to major European cities such as Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dunkirk. Some 200,000 containers per year will transit through the platform via barge and rail, totalling between 3 and 4 million tonnes of freight, resulting in the creation of about 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and 150,000 trucks less on the roads between Antwerp and Liège.

Funded by Wallonia (SPW-DGO2 and the Marshall Plan), and the ERDF, the total cost of the project amounts to €55 million of which €9 million are funded by the European Union.

With three locks built in the 60s, the construction of a fourth lock at Lanaye, led by SOFICO and the Walloon Public Service (Directorate General for Mobility and Waterways), started in June 2011, completing a vital link that allows inland vessels access to the Meuse and the Walloon network and France to the south, the seaport of Rotterdam to the north and the Rhine and the Danube basins towards the east. Every year, nearly 11 million tonnes of cargo will pass through the locks.

The new fourth lock is 25 meters long, 25 meters wide with a vertical drop of 13.7 meters, and can accommodate vessels up to 9,000 tonnes and the simultaneous passage of two convoys of 4,500 tonness or four 2,000 tonne vessels, and is expected to see 500,000 tonnes of additional cargo per year.

Particular attention was paid to a positive environmental impact. In order to limit water loss, a pumping station has been installed to compensate for water consumption, a hydroelectric plant is associated with the lock to generate renewable electricity and a missing link RAVeL was established.

The total cost of construction amounted to €153 million, of which 115 million financed by SOFICO, including a loan from the EIB (European Investment Bank), 28 million financed by the European Commission in the framework of the TEN-T programme, and 10 million by the Netherlands in view of the cross-border nature of the project. In total, the funding from the European Investment Bank for the Lanaye locks, Yvoz-Ramet and dredging of the Meuse amounts to €125 million.

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