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12 The Portugal News • 19 Jan 2018                              Business


                                                                                Billions to be invested in



                                                                                transport sector



                                                                                Portugal’s National Investment Programme (PNI) for the
                                                                                period through 2030 foresees the spending of €21.95
                                                                                billion on projects in the areas of transport, energy
                                                                                and environment.

                                                                                       ccording to Lusa  the document, the state  €3.39 billion in
                                                                                       News Agency, the  itself is to bear the highest  investment, above all in
                                                                                       government       burden, of €12.916 (59  the metropolitan areas of
                                                                                Adocument               percent), including €5.75  Lisbon and Porto,
                                                                                contains details of 72  billion from the European  including their metro
                                                                                different programmes    Union, €1.5 billion from  systems and measures to
                                                                                and projects, with the  reduced charges from    reduce carbon emissions.
                                                                                transport and mobility  public-private          Highways are to receive
                                                                                sector the one receiving  partnerships (PPP) and  €1.625 billion in
                                                                                the largest slice, at   €4 billion from the     investment, including
                                                                                €12.678 billion for a total  general state budget. The  several road safety
                                                                                of 44 projects,         private sector is to provide  programmes and road-
       Improvements to the country’s infrastructure is part of an ambitious government
       Improvements to the country’s infrastructure is part of an ambitious government
       Improvements to the country’s infrastructure is part of an ambitious government
       Improvements to the country’s infrastructure is part of an ambitious government
       Improvements to the country’s infrastructure is part of an ambitious government  representing 58 percent  €7.568 billion (35 percent  widening projects.
       programme to renew areas covering transport, energy and the environment. ( Photo:
       programme to renew areas covering transport, energy and the environment. ( Photo:
       programme to renew areas covering transport, energy and the environment. ( Photo:
       programme to renew areas covering transport, energy and the environment. ( Photo:
       programme to renew areas covering transport, energy and the environment. ( Photo:  of the total.   of the total) and public  The airport sector is to
       Andre Kosters/Lusa)
       Andre Kosters/Lusa)
       Andre Kosters/Lusa)
       Andre Kosters/Lusa)                                                       The second-largest is  enterprises €1.466 billion  receive €707 million, of
       Andre Kosters/Lusa)
                                                                                energy, at €4.93 billion,  (6 percent).         which €507 million is to
       Transtejo ferry fleet to be renewed                                      for eight projects,     to receive €4.04 billion of  be in Lisbon, while the
                                                                                                          Portugal’s railways are
                                                                                                                                seaport sector is to
                                                                                constituting 23 percent of
                                                                                total investment. The   investment, including a  receive €2.488 billion.
       Portugal’s cabinet has approved a renewal of the                         environment is next, at  programme of capacity    After its submission to
       Portugal’s cabinet has approved a renewal of the Transtejo ferry fleet,
       Portugal’s cabinet has approved a renewal of the
       Portugal’s cabinet has approved a renewal of the Transtejo ferry fleet,Transtejo ferry fleet,
       Portugal’s cabinet has approved a renewal of the Transtejo ferry fleet,Transtejo ferry fleet,
       which includes the purchase of ten new boats, with the first catamaran   €3.57 billion for 18    building and an increase  parliament, the PNI with
       which includes the purchase of ten new boats, with the first catamaran
       which includes the purchase of ten new boats, with the first catamaran
       which includes the purchase of ten new boats, with the first catamaran
       which includes the purchase of ten new boats, with the first catamaran
       being put into operation from the end of next year.
       being put into operation from the end of next year.
       being put into operation from the end of next year.                      projects, 16 percent of the  of speeds on the Porto-  any amendments are to
       being put into operation from the end of next year.
       being put into operation from the end of next year.
                                                                                total.                  Lisboa route (costing €1.5  be forwarded to the
        The deputy secretary of  Agency  that the       vessel for the end of 2020 or  Other investments  billion). As a result, the  Higher Council of Public
       state for mobility, José  government was planning  at the beginning of 2021.   include above all in  document calculates, 30  Works.
       Mendes, told Lusa News  the delivery of the first  The government, will  irrigation, with €750   percent more passengers   The PNI covers projects
                                                        then deliver three ships in  million or 3 percent of the  should be carried and 40  or programmes with
                                                        2012 and the remaining six  overall amount, and  percent more freight,  investment exceeding
                                                        will be delivered (two, every  multi-sectoral studies and  equivalent to a reduction  €75 million in national
                                                        two years), he added.   projects on which €22   of 100,000 lorry trips per  infrastructure located in
                                                         The tendering process is  million is to be spent.   year.              mainland Portugal, over a
                                                        to be launched in the    As regards sources of    Mobility and public   period of 10 years.
                                                        upcoming weeks, Mendes  financing, according to  transport are allocated              Lusa/TPN
                                                        said, adding that it would
                                                        entail an investment of €57
                                                        million to acquire the boats  Drones to be used to prevent and
                                                        and another €33 million
                                                        for maintenance,  with
                                                        global investment reaching  combat wildfires
                                                        around €90 million.
                                                                     TPN/Lusa
                                                                               Portugal’s air force is to use drones to prevent and combat rural wildfires,
                                                                                Portugal’s air force is to use drones to prevent and combat rural wildfires,
                                                                                Portugal’s air force is to use drones to prevent and combat rural wildfires,
                                                                                Portugal’s air force is to use drones to prevent and combat rural wildfires,
                                                                               Portugal’s air force is to use drones to prevent and combat rural wildfires,
                                                                               according to a resolution published in Portugal’s national official journal
                                                                                according to a resolution published in Portugal’s national official journal
                                                                                according to a resolution published in Portugal’s national official journal
                                                                               according to a resolution published in Portugal’s national official journal
                                                                                according to a resolution published in Portugal’s national official journal
                                                                                late last week.
                                                                                late last week.
                                                                                late last week.
                                                                               late last week.
                                                                               late last week.
                                                                                 According to the       the control of the      launch a tendering
                                                                                resolution, the air force is  execution of several  process to rent up to 35
                                                                                authorised to spend up to  contracts related to  additional helicopters to
                                                                                €650,000 (plus VAT) on  renting helicopters and  combat wildfires, with the
                                                                                the acquisition of goods  planes.               amount forecast for this
                                                                                and services to          The document also      year being around €51
                                                                                permanently accompany   enables the air force to  million.                  TPN/Lusa
                                                                                Seia plants 500 trees in area burnt in 2017
                                                                               Seia plants 500 trees in area burnt in 2017
                                                                                Seia plants 500 trees in area burnt in 2017
                                                                                Seia plants 500 trees in area burnt in 2017
                                                                               Seia plants 500 trees in area burnt in 2017
                                                                               More than 500 Cork OOaks and aks and AArbutus trees are to be planted in therbutus trees are to be planted in the
                                                                               More than 500 Cork
                                                                                More than 500 Cork
                                                                                More than 500 Cork Oaks and Arbutus trees are to be planted in the
                                                                                More than 500 Cork OOaks and aks and AArbutus trees are to be planted in therbutus trees are to be planted in the
                                                                               council of Seia, in Guarda, in an area affected by the fires in October
                                                                               council of Seia, in Guarda, in an area affected by the fires in October
                                                                                council of Seia, in Guarda, in an area affected by the fires in October
                                                                                council of Seia, in Guarda, in an area affected by the fires in October
                                                                                council of Seia, in Guarda, in an area affected by the fires in October
                                                                                2017, as part of a reforestation action scheduled for 17 February.
                                                                               2017, as part of a reforestation action scheduled for 17 February.
                                                                                2017, as part of a reforestation action scheduled for 17 February.
                                                                               2017, as part of a reforestation action scheduled for 17 February.
                                                                                2017, as part of a reforestation action scheduled for 17 February.
                                                                                 The initiative, open to  will consist of planting  Seia in a statement.
                                                                                volunteers, will be held by  more than 500 Cork Oaks  The campaign “resulted
                                                                                the municipality of Seia, in  and arbutus trees in an  in the raising of more than
                                                                                the district of Guarda,  area affected by the fires of  4000 sponsors, one for
                                                                                which is about 300km from  October 2017.        each tree, which are now
                                                                                Lisbon, through the civil  This initiative aims to  planted in the
                                                                                protection service and the  “raise awareness on the  municipalities affected by
                                                                                authorities of Beiras and  prevention of rural fires and  the fires in October 2017,
                                                                                Serra da Estrela.       the recovery of forest  integrated in the CIM-BSE,”
                                                                                 The action is part of the  spaces destroyed by fires,”  the statement said.
                                                                                project “Verde Puro” and  said the municipality of            TPN/Lusa
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