The works on the first stage of the Central Pier, destined to receive new business projects, have commenced their second phase with the extraction of sand which will be used for the completion of the works. The hydraulic filling used here is similar to those previously carried out in the Port itself and which have not directly affected either the ecosystem or the other beaches in the area. The method has been endorsed by reports from independent organisms and entities, and holds the perceptive environmental impact study, a favourable declaration of its impact on the environment and an environmental monitoring plan.
The Port of Bilbao has an almost 90% occupancy level, which advises creating surfaces in order to cater for new logistics, commercial or even industrial projects. Thus, the Central Pier Extension Project is a strategic work for the Port of Bilbao, which when completed will enable it to maintain its position as the reference port in the Bay of Biscay, while at the same time generating wealth and employment for the Basque Country.
The works were commenced in September 2016 with a 39-month completion period. The first stage has lasted 24 months, three less than scheduled, and the second will be concluded in February 2019.