In 2016, the private sector finalised or announced investments worth approximately 55.8 millioneuros, which yet again shows that the Port of Bilbao, besides being an essential infrastructure for its hinterland, is one of the main logistics-industrial focal points that is so attractive for companies that they do not wish to take their business to other Spanish Autonomous Communities.
- Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao, the company operating the container terminal, has been granted a further 12-year licence extension on the condition it will invest 34 million euros in the period 2016-2036, which will enable the expected demand in container traffic in the coming years to be covered.
Almost 10 million euros of the 34 agreed will be invested between 2016-2018: 6 million will be for the acquisition of yard cranes and one railway crane while the remaining four million will be dedicated to facilities (new automatic gate facilities and lorry traffic accesses, and the later extension of the four existing rail tracks from the present 450 to 550 metres).
In addition, the company has requested some 55,000m2 located next to their present terminal with a view to expanding it: this is one example more of the continuity and trust that Noatum places in the Port of Bilbao.
- ASK Chemicals,a company of international reference in the chemicals sector, in 2016 commenced the works to centralise its production in the Port of Bilbao due to its being a strategic access point to the south-western European market. Their investment is 10 million euros.
- DBA Bilbao Port,belonging to the Hafesa Group, the petroleum products operator, has acquired the 22,231-square metre plant previously occupied by Agaleus Investment & Logistics. Planned investment for the adaptation of the plant amounts to 2.3 million
- Cronimet completed in March the construction of a plant for solid bulks and non-hazardous, non-combustible wastes. Costs amounted to 1 millioneuros.
- Deposa will soon commence the building of new liquid bulks storage tanks on a surface of 2,342 square metres. Investment is 960,000 euros.
- Txeguru Servicios in 2016 commenced the works to build a logistics storage centre on a surface of 8,500 square metres. Investment amounts to 689,000 euros.
- Consignaciones Toro y Betolaza has invested 360,000 euros to amplify its solid bulks warehouse-silo. The works finished in 2016.
- Navacel has requested a further 16,000 square metres in Axpe (Erandio) with a view to amplifying in the near future its specialised construction plant, which among other products, manufactures offshore equipment for the energy sector. Planned investment is 5 millioneuros.
- Progeco Bilbao has invested 1.5 million euros to extend its covered surface and in a container-repair workshop.