At the beginning of November 2018, Luka Koper, the company which operates all terminals in the port of Koper, received from the Slovenian Ministry of the environment the official notice that the building permit for the extension of the container terminal quayside is finally legally valid. The building permit was issued for the construction of the quayside 98.5 meters long and 34.4 meters wide and for the construction of a hinterland stacking area (total size 24.830 m2). The total length of the container terminal quayside shall be then 695 meters.
By the time the building permit has become valid, Luka Koper already published the public procurement for the selection of the contractor who will install test drilling pilots, which will carry the upper structure of the quayside. Afterwards, a period of monitoring will follow, and actual construction works are expected to start in May 2019.
The whole investment is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2021. In accordance with the business strategy of Luka Koper the terminal will be at that time able to handle at least 1.3 million TEUs annually. With the ongoing optimization of operational and infrastructure processes this number can be increased to 1.5 million TEU/year.
The extension of Pier I is a key project for Luka Koper, which includes also the acquisition of new port equipment, such as super-post-panamax STS cranes, transtainers and other handling equipment. The total value of the investment is 235 million Euros, part of this amount was already spent for past projects, such as dredging, rail tracks construction and RMG cranes. Luka Koper handled in 2017 911,528 TEUs and has been for years the leading container terminal in the Adriatic. For 2018 they plan to reach around 980,000 TEUs of throughput.