Last December 15th, Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construções, S.A. signed the contract for the execution, in consortium with the companies Dredging International NV and Tecnovia, S.A., of the Contract for the Exterior Breakwater Extension and Maritime Accessibility of the Port of Leixões, for the Administration of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo Ports (APDL).

Teixeira Duarte will be the leading company in the consortium with a 40% stake.

The work, which will allow the Port of Leixões to receive more than 70% of the world’s fleet of ships and continue to serve the hinterland, which covers 14 million inhabitants, has a 30-month execution period and was awarded for 130.2 million Euros.

The contract basically integrates three fronts of action:

  • Exterior Breakwater Extension, in an extension of 300 m, composed of a conventional structural solution of the breakwater of slopes, composed of core and rockfill filters and protection blankets of antifer concrete blocks;
  • Marine Accessibilities, contemplating the deepening of the access channel and the rotation basin by dredging of incoherent and rocky material, besides the partial demolition of the North Breakwater in an extension of 80 m and the reconditioning of its forehead in a receding position;
  • Repair of the Technical Gutter, between the rooting of the Outer Breakwater and the A Station, an organ dedicated to the passage of pipes of the Leixões Oil Terminal (TPL).

According to APDL, the average size of the ships seeking the Port of Leixões has been growing – an increase of 77% between 2006 and 2018 – and it is essential to ensure the safety and navigability of these vessels.