Port of Södertälje secures the region’s fuel supply
Today came the result of three years intense work regarding the port’s enhanced authorization application regarding volume increase at the Fuel Terminal. The Environmental Court in Stockholm today ruled that Port of Södertälje meets the criteria to handle 2.2 million tons of fuel, almost double the amount of today’s 1.2 million tons.
The increased authorization now secures fuel supplies to the Stockholm region following the closure of the Loudden and Bergs oil depots in 2018/19. Preparations leading up to today’s ruling have been both long and intensive. The Port has held numerous consultations, carried out risk analyses, hydrographic measurements and vessel simulations in order to present an all-encompassing picture to both the Court and subsequent interested parties.
– We are extremely pleased with the court’s ruling, says Erik Froste, managing director at Port of Södertälje. Now that we have been granted the enhanced authorization there is no hindrance to the closing of the Loudden and Bergs oil depots, where the land will now be used for badly-needed housing.
Port of Södertälje now enters a new intensive work phase. If the plans for the reconstruction of the Fuel Terminal are agreed upon work can start in 2017, at the earliest. Before work can start the bottom of Igelsta Bay must be dredged and sanitized in order to accommodate the larger vessels that will dock at port in the future. About 12 000 tons of bottom sludge needs to be cleared, a measure that will greatly improve the environment of the area. The Port will now enter into discussions, with both existing and new customers, towards making the necessary investments become possible.
– The enhanced authorization is very positive news for Port of Södertälje, Erik points out. The port is ideally situated as a hub for the whole of the Stockholm region and its surrounding areas. The proximity to customers contributes to significant environmental benefits as road transports are reduced.
For further information please contact:
Tommy Enström, interim managing director, Port of Södertälje
Telephone: +46 8 550 237 45