On 12.10.2017, BMF Port Burgas EAD, the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) and the Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks (INEA), under the powers delegated by the European Commission, signed Grant Agreement No. INEA/CEF/TRAN/M2016/1367230 for the provision of a grant for the realization of the project “From East 2 West. Access to the OEM Corridor through the Core port of Burgas. Studies for completing the port infrastructure and the rail connections – 2016-BG-TMC-0083-S”.
The project has a total indicative value of EUR 2 670 000, and up to 85% of this amount, or EUR 2 269 500, will be allocated under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Transport sector.
The deadline for the implementation of the project is 30.09.2019.
The planned activities of BMF Port Burgas EAD are aimed at:
1) Execution of preparatory studies and surveys, cost-benefit analysis and preparation of preliminary and technical design for the completion of the quay wall at berth No. 33 and extension of the existing railway tracks (construction of a railway connection) at port terminal Burgas East – 2 in connection with the establishment of general cargos handling and storage site on the territory of the terminal;
2)Execution of preparatory studies and surveys, cost-benefit analysis and preparation of preliminary and technical design for the completion of the quay wall of port terminal Burgas West in connection with the establishment of general cargos and container handling and storage site on the territory of the terminal.
The planned activities of the National Railway Infrastructure Company include the awarding of a technical design for the rehabilitation of a part of the railway tracks connecting the port of Burgas (port terminal Burgas East – 2) with the Vladimir Pavlov railway station.
The investment intentions of BMF Port Burgas EAD and the National Railway Infrastructure Company are completely in line with the EU strategy for development of the Trans-European Transport Network, for the ensuring of the cross-border connections and removing the network bottlenecks. The realization of the project will contribute to the development of the infrastructure for direct land access to the port, thus facilitating the transport of freight between the port and the interior of the country, as well as integration between maritime and railway transport.