ALMERIA city’s iconic ‘Cable Ingles’ mineral loading platform is set to undergo a major restoration in 2020.
Preliminary works have already begun on the early 20th century structure stretching out into the water on the provincial capital seafront as part of a €2.2 million project to open it up to the public as a walkway and viewing point in 2021.
Almeria Port Authority President Jesus Caicedo underlined the social importance of the Cable Ingles plans for city. Once the renovations are completed it will offer the opportunity to take in outstanding views of Almeria and the bay.
Other major projects the port authority got going last year were the installation of dust-trapping screens with the aim of improving air quality and environmental conditions. The authority invested nearly €124,000 in screens at Almeria’s Pechina dock and it is currently installing screens at Carboneras port at a cost of some €690,000.
Works due to be carried out in the New Year include upgrades to the area for mooring small fishing boats in Almeria at a cost of €1.4 million, for which there is funding from both the Junta de Andalucia and the EU.
The contract for building a new Port Authority and port-based State Security Forces headquarters with an expected investment of €1.7 million has already been put out to tender. Caicedo said the new 3,000sqm building will be more functional and will “improve the coordination of the police forces.”