The town hall de Villena has referred to Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda the document of Expression of Interest (EoI), a necessary documentation to claim the help of the European Union an item from the Recovery Fund for the construction of the Intermodal freight railway station of the ‘Levante Interior Logistics Node’ in the Mediterranean Corridor market. The request, signed by the mayor of Villena, Fulgencio Cerdán, amounts to 7.92 million euros for the Execution of the Exchanger. The objective is to achieve contributions of public funds that allow covering up to a third of the cost of the project, while the rest is the result of contributions from private entities or companies, in a public-private cooperation scenario.
The mayor of Villena has explained that this document is the first mandatory step to establish financial alliances with the European Union, within the framework of the development of infrastructures of common interest for community partners. “Our request will allow us to meet part of the cost of the Interchange, known as Puerto Seco, which is proposed as a Public-Private collaboration initiative and which as a whole amounts to 24.43 million euros”Said Cerdán.
ECHO XXI investment offering
The Villena logistics project, in line with the Mediterranean Corridor in the La Encina-Alicante section, is made up of four differentiated elements, which make up the complex in its entirety. On the one hand, a business park is planned adjacent to the railway area. In addition, the Logistics Activities Zone and Special Activities Zone for which there is already an offer from a private company, ECHO XXI, which has presented its interest to the City Council. This ZAL covers an area of 765,000 square meters, which offers a large parcel to locate logistics companies in minimum areas of 65,000 meters to large entities that may need the largest, from 270,000 meters squares. As a link between these spaces, the Dry Port is articulated in more than 375,000 square meters, which should allow the operation of trains of up to 750 meters in length, as well as the beach of large tonnage containers, the loading and unloading area and the rest of the services necessary for its operation.
A project from 2008
Cerdán recalled the project was presented by the Valencian government In 2008, in the first Valencian logistics strategy, signing a collaboration protocol and making a first reserve of land that expired with the stoppage of the project due to the arrival of the economic crisis, it is endorsed by experts from the University of Alicante in various preliminary technical, environmental, financial and economic studies. However, the latest study carried out to define the business model of the Dry Port in public-private collaboration guaranteed that in a prudent post-covid scenario, a profitability of 7.5% for private investment with a public contribution of 20% more ground. What opens the doors to collaborations and a direct participation of the private initiative. The mayor of Villena wanted to emphasize that the complex is in the municipality of Villena, which will benefit because it will be an engine for attracting new companies, but it is a multi-territorial project, which benefits the entire province of Alicante, and especially the nearest municipalities and regions, both in Alicante, as in Murcia, Valencia and Albacete.
It should be remembered that the municipalities of Elda and Novelda are also applying to host the dry port of the Mediterranean Corridor in their municipal terms.
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