Coal and minerals
A strategic port in energy product traffic
The movement of energy and mineral products constitutes a very important volume for the Port of Tarragona: 4 million tonnes per year are distributed through our facilities. Within this group of goods, coal and petroleum coke represent almost 85% of the total.
Of the remaining minerals, the common mineral salt and phosphate are the most prominent.
On the one hand, the importation of coal - a very remarkable volume - is aimed at the production of electrical energy and is intended for the power stations in Andorra (Teruel), Alcudia (Mallorca) and the island of Corsica.
And on the other hand, the remaining minerals, most of them imported, are raw materials that are used in industrial processes by companies in the hinterland close to the Port.
BULK ENERGY SOLIDS
POTASHES AND SALTS
The Mediterranean’s main coal terminal
In order to handle such cargos, our Port’s various terminals and facilities are equipped with highly specialised machinery such as high performance cranes, loading and unloading conveyors, stackers, etc.
We also have extensive areas for their storage and rail facilities for their land transportation that ensure an efficient intermodality.
Infrastructures fitted out to receive Capsize-type large tonnage vessels
Overhead cranes for heavy loads, with a productivity of 3,200 tonnes/hour
Facilities for classifying coal and petroleum coke
Over 4 kilometres of conveyor belts
Mobile gantry cranes
Working for sustainability
The Port of Tarragona has protocols that establish that the movement of these goods should be done with the utmost respect for the environment.
Any environmental improvement involves a reduction of the impacts that certain activities have on others, thereby achieving a better quality of service, and at the same time, improving reliability and operating costs.
In this sense, the Port of Tarragona is once again committed to using the technical knowledge at its disposal and its experience in sustainability, with the aim of developing tools that consolidate a more efficient logistics in the use of resources.
In the theoretical framework, we developed the Good practice guide on handling solid bulk cargo in the Port of Tarragona, which serves as a basis for implementing a regulatory and logistics system that will make it possible to increase the levels of sustainability in developing these types of traffic.
On a structural level, all of our facilities have environmental pollution control spraying systems, which spray a solution of conglomerate substances - which prevent the dispersal of materials and filters, which are activated whenever the weather conditions require it.
In addition, we are studying the implementation of an external cleaning system for convoys, a pioneer in all of Spain. The structure, designed and developed by the Tarragona Port Authority, is designed as a washing tunnel for the coal transport railway lines. This system would eliminate possible coal dust and sediments accumulated on the outside of the goods wagons during the pipe loading process, thus further minimising its possible environmental impact.
800,000 metric tonnes
3,200 metric tonnes/hour
4 million tonnes
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