Sines Port

Medway to develop logistics centre in Sines, Portugal

The Portuguese rail freight company Medway will develop a logistics area in the Port of Sines, in the region of Alentejo. The project will be carried out with a total budget of 1 million Euros.

Medway has signed a deal with Aicep Global Parques, the company responsible for the Industrial and Logistical District of Sines (ZILS). The rail freight company has leased a 30,000 square metre area for 20 years to improve its service capacity in this Atlantic port, attracting new logistics and transport companies.

Atlantic gate

“We already carried out important activities in the area, but our logistics facility needed upgrading. This deal strengthens our capacity there”, the chief officer of Medway Carlos Vasconcelos said. “This new investment will allow for the construction of new petrochemical units, essential for grocery production”, the chief officer of Global Aicep Parques, Felipe Costa, added.

Medway is positioning itself at this southern port to have a key position when it is connected via rail with Spain. It wants to be the Atlantic gate for the Spanish grocery industry in Extremadura, the Spanish southwest region bordering Portugal.

More trains

The project will increase daily capacity of the line towards Sines from the current 36 trains of 400 metres in length to 51 trains per day of 750 metres. The project has a total budget of 476 million Euros and is expected to be completed in 2021. The project commenced in 2018.

Alentejo and Extremadura are two important agricultural regions in Portugal and Spain respectively, receiving important EU funds under the scheme called Euroregion.

Author: Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez is RailFreight's correspondent in Spain.

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