The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has this week approved the update to its agreement with Formentera Island Council on fire prevention, fire-fighting, sea r
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB) has reached an agreement with the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Council and the Town Council of Ibiza to start the expansion and reform of the port of Ibiza, with the initiation of construction work on the docks of Botafoc. The president of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands, Francesc Antich, the president of the Council of Ibiza, Xicu Tarrés, Mayor, Lurdes Costa and the chairman of the PAB, Francesc Triay, announced today during an appearance at City Hall Ibiza, the consensus reached after a reduction of 10,000 meters in the area initially proposed for the project of esplanade and commercial docks within the shelter of Botafoc.The chairman of the PAB also exposed other key agreements included in the pact, like the fact that half of the filling material to be used in the construction of the esplanade will come from outside the island. Triay also recalled other aspects previously agreed to with priority, like the rejection of the construction of an access tunnel under the Isla Plana, the null affect on the natural space of Ses Feixes of Talamanca and the introduction of strict environmental and archaeological site controls. .The work will require an initial financial injection of 81 million euros. The process has already commenced with the transmission of the draft to the State Ports. Subsequently its tender will be issued in the Official Gazette and in the OJEU, and it is estimated that in the month of August it could be awarded. If this deadline is met, construction could start in October. Integral Reformation The construction of Botafoc docks is the first phase of a series of actions that will reform the entire current structure of the port. The next step will be to build the new passenger terminals in Botafoc and Formentera, and reshape the promenade, with a total planned investment of over126 million.