Spanish civil and engineering construction company ACS Group has secured its first large-scale port project in North America for the design and construction of €260m container terminal extension at Vancouver Fraser Authority Port in British Columbia, Canada.
The company has won the contract through its affiliate Dragados.
Dragados delivers complex offshore projects and has executed new ports in deep-open waters and developed large container terminals.
Located in central Vancouver, the terminal is one of the three container terminals in Vancouver Port, representing one-fifth of its total freight movement.
The terminal is operated by Dubai Ports (DP World), a major port operator, accounting for 78 terminals in 40 countries.
The project is being taken up to extend the terminal’s surface and to rearrange it to increase the capacity from the current 900.000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs annually.
A fly-over will be constructed and the access routes will be improved and refurbished to improve freight movement and access to harbour area.
The project is expected to tackle the road congestion and improve efficiency by eliminating port traffic from adjacent roads.
It will also avoid the three rail crossings used by port users, while providing continuous access to Highway 1.
The project’s investment volume has increased to C$400m (around €260m). The project is expected to be completed in December 2021.
Earlier in October 2018, ACS Group, through Dragados, won a contract for the $630m Joint Water Pollution Control Plant Effluent Outfall Tunnel project for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in California, US.
Dragados’ bid of $630.5m was the lowest of five bids received for the project.
The work involves the construction of approximately seven miles of tunnel with an 18ft internal diameter with a precast concrete post-tensioned segmental lining, a 14ft diameter connecting pipe, an approximately 60ft diameter drop shaft, junction structure, manifold structure and two valve structures, and related work.
The tunnel passes through the cities of Carson, Los Angeles and Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, California.
Image: Vancouver container terminal. Photo: Courtesy of ACS Group.