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VOAK Motorway, top-priority project for Crete island

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Crete’s Northern Motorway Axis (aka VOAK) is a top priority for the island and supports its tourism, Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis, the Regional Governor stated, during a joint meeting of all Hotelier Associates, focused on VOAK and infrastructure.

«The main thing to pay attention to for Crete’s tourism is infrastructure» he said, pointing out that 49% of the island’s GDP has created the need for modern motorways, aesthetic and functional upgrades at Heraklion Airport and progress regarding the new airport in Kasteli area.

For VOAK, Mr. Arnaoutakis stressed that there must be initiatives by the central Government as it is a project that has been under discussion for many years and needs to go ahead.

Mr. Arnaoutakis explained that he has already briefed the PM during a recent meeting at Maximos Mansion, who set the project as the first priority of Crete, underlining that «we are looking forward to seeing the new architecture, taking advantage of the positive steps that have been taken so far».

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London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service

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Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the cities.

The stations share similarities in design, history and national architectural significance, HS1 Ltd said. Under the partnership, there would be a regular exchange of expertise on facilities management, electronic monitoring and site security, and the preservation of historical and cultural heritage.

The twinning aims ‘to offer the best possible service to passengers, visitors and all stakeholders’, said Claude Solard, Director General of SNCF Gares & Connexions. ‘This new link between the two stations is the bearer of promising projects.’

Last year infrastructure managers HS1 Ltd, Eurotunnel, SNCF Réseau and LISEA agreed to work together to develop a package of train paths and other measures which would enable a train operator to launched a direct London – Bordeaux service within two years. HS1 Ltd predicts that up to 200 000 passengers/year would use such a service

‘At a time when headlines are dominated by rupture between Britain and Europe, our twinning is a reminder of the enduring capacity of the railway to bring communities together’, said HS1 Ltd CEO Dyan Crowther.

 

Source: railwaygazette.com

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EU launches Connecting Europe Facility call worth €1.4bn

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The European Commission launched a call worth €1.4bn on October 16 to support key transport projects implemented in 2021-2027 through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The investment will help build missing connections across the continent, while focusing on sustainable transport modes. The call is split into two, with the cohesion envelope, which is worth €650m, reserved for the 15 EU Member States that are eligible for Cohesion Fund support: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

This funding is split between:

– Pre-identified projects on the corridors of the core network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports) – €610m

– Safe and secure infrastructure, including safe and secure parking on the road core network – €40m

The general envelope, which to applications from all EU member states, has a budget of €750m across the following areas:

– Pre-identified projects on the corridors of the core network (railways, inland waterways, roads, maritime and inland ports) – €500m

– Deployment of European rail traffic management system (ERTMS) – €50m

– Safe and secure infrastructure, including safe and secure parking on the road core network – €20m

– Intelligent Transport Services For Road (ITS) – €20m

– Single European sky (Sesar) – €20m

– Actions implementing transport infrastructure in core network nodes, including urban nodes and passengers multimodality – €110m

– Motorways of the sea – €30m

“To accelerate decarbonisation and contribute to the completion of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), we are making full use of the resources available through the CEF,” says transport commissioner, Ms Violeta Bulc.

“These investments will support smart and sustainable mobility and better connect our citizens across Europe.” A virtual information day will take place on November 7, with the deadline for applications on February 26 2020. CEF is the European Union’s funding instrument for strategic investment in transport, energy and digital infrastructure.

 

Source: railjournal.com

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ENEL inaugurates Kafireas, the largest wind facility of Greece

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Enel, through its Greek renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Hellas S.A. (“EGPH”), has connected to the grid its new Kafireas wind farm complex, which is the largest of its kind in the country with an overall capacity of more than 154 MW. Located in the municipality of Karystos (Evia), Kafireas involved an overall investment of around 300 million euros. Today’s inauguration ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis, along with Enel Green Power CEO, Mr. Antonio Cammisecra, Enel’s Head of Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs, Mr. Simone Mori, as well as the Head of Enel Green Power Europe, Mr. Aristotelis Chantavas.

Antonio Cammisecra, Enel Green Power CEO, said: “We have reached a significant milestone by connecting to the grid the largest wind project in Greece, one of the first countries where we started our renewable journey more than a decade ago. Kafireas underscores our global commitment to renewable energy and decarbonisation, in line with our pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as our commitment to a diversified generation mix at country level.

On top of the supply of zero-emission energy nationwide, this project also has a strong local focus, as we are supporting our stakeholders in Evia by backing sustainability initiatives aimed at enhancing the island’s economy, alongside undertaking environmental protection activities.”

 EGPH already operates two wind farms in the municipality of Karystos, the 7.5 MW Iliolousti I and the 9 MW Iliolousti II. EGPH is a leading owner and operator of renewable plants in Greece; with Kafireas, the company will reach over 460 MW of installed capacity from wind (approximately 354 MW), solar (around 90 MW) and hydro (about 20 MW).

The Kafireas facility, which is a cluster of seven wind farms for a total of 67 turbines, will be capable of generating approximately 480 GWh per year, which is set to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 315,000 tonnes annually. The facility is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Hellenic Electricity Market Operator (DAPEEP).

The wind project includes the interconnection with mainland Greece through a 150kV high-voltage overhead, underground and submarine cable as well as two new 150 kV high-voltage substations in Evia. The energy from Kafireas will be delivered to the national grid on mainland Greece through the super-high-voltage station located in Pallini, Attica.

The construction of Kafireas has implemented Enel’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, involving the recycling of 550,000 tonnes of soil and stones excavated during construction to revert an inactive quarry to nature, as well as the reuse of 10 tonnes of construction materials like wooden pallets, in cooperation with the local community, to fix the stables of local shepherds.

In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model adopted by the Enel Group, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, EGPH has carried out sustainability projects in support of local activities such as beekeeping and livestock breeding.

These projects include the creation, throughout the wind parks, of special areas for the optimal positioning of beehives and ramps to facilitate the movement of sheep and goats. Other initiatives being carried out include the reforestation of around 100 hectares, including the wild chestnut forest of Kastanologgos of 64 hectares, with the aim to recreate and protect the wider ecosystem, support forestry activities, as well as promoting sustainable tourism.

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