General Transport Master Plan, approved by the Government

25 February

Government approved today, February 25, 2015 the General Transport Master Plan of Romania with a view to its conveyance to the European Commission so that Romania meets the ex-ante conditionality required to access structural funds in the Large Infrastructure Sectoral Operational Programme.

          In brief, the main indicators of the General Transport Master Plan of Romania is as follows:

For road transport sector:

Highways: 1300 km, worth 13739.17 billion euros;

Expressways: 1825.9 km, worth 9.978 billion euros;

Transregio Roads: 2874 km, worth 1,691 billion euros;

Transeuro Roads: 343 km, worth 190.05 million euros;

For the rail sector:

Rehabilitation of railway line: 2883 km, worth 10.740 billion euros;

Electrification: 489 km, worth 1.122 billion euros;

Freight railway line: 439 km, worth 1.436 billion euros;

PPP railway lines: 421 km, worth 810.40 million euros;

Railway lines with increased speed: 1001 km, worth 274.15 million euros;

For the naval sector: total investment: 3.395 billion euros of which:

Port of Constanta: 865.363 million euro investment value;

Port of Galati: Investment value: 110, 758 million euro;

Port of Drobeta Turnu Severin: investment amount: EUR 20,201 million euro;

Other ports: 685.240 million euro;

Fairway: 640 km, worth 279 million euro;

For the aviation sector (15 airports) Total investment: 1.327 billion euros of which:

Bucharest Otopeni Airport: 668. 900 million euro;

Timisoara airport: 111.573 million euro;

Cluj Napoca Airport: 131.143 million euro;

Iasi Airport: 93,525 million euro;

For Multimodal Centres: 10 multimodal centers, with a value of EUR 281.45 million;

 

The total value of projects identified in the General Transport Master Plan amounts to 45.451 billion euros, which includes investment projects in the transport infrastructure of Romania for the road, rail, air, sea and multimodal sector.

With regard to project implementation strategy, the Romanian Government has approved today, the prioritized list of projects in accordance with the methodology established by the European Commission. This means that for each transport infrastructure project, there has been analyzed the economic sustainability, being considered the indicator set by the European Commission, and projects belonging to the trans-European transport network TEN-T. Thus, for each project, there was drawn up a score based on the two criteria mentioned. There resulted the list of infrastructure projects that have priority in funding from the Structural Funds and the state budget.

Romania enters a new phase / philosophy of making investments in infrastructure, giving priority to those projects that meet the criteria of economic performance, connectivity criteria, and investment objectives pursued by the European Union in Romania.

For example, in the road sector, the Romanian Government considers as priorities in terms of developing motorway network, investment projects such as: Sibiu-Pitesti, Sibiu- Brasov, Brasov- Bacau, Targu Neamţ- Paşcani - Iasi - Ungheni, Brasov - Comarnic(PPP), Pitesti - Craiova (PPP) or Suplacu de Barcau- Bors, with a total value estimated at 9.642 billion euro. This means the construction of 1094.80 km of highway, with an estimated cost of EUR 8.8 million / km, taking into account that the length of 118 km of motorways will be built in the mountains.

Road transport infrastructure projects get funding depending on the score obtained, project implementation cycle and funding sources available. With regard to project implementation cycle two categories were identified: complex projects for which feasibility study (FS) is developed in two years, and execution of the works take place in four years; that common projects for which SF is developed in a year and execution takes place in 3 years.

Regarding the financing strategy of the General Transport Master Plan, the amount available is 2.7 billion euro from the Cohesion Fund (which includes the co-financing from the state budget) and 2.1 billion euro from the European Regional Development Fund. These amounts are for the road sector.

The total amount that Romania has available in the 2014-2020 programming period for the four sectors of transport (road, rail, water, multimodal) amounts to 6.843 billion euros. To these, add a further 7 billion euro ceiling that the Romanian Government has approved today, (which will come from public loans - IFI- and the excise duty on fuel) to ensure funding sources needed to implement projects in road sector, giving priority to highways. The total amount of funding for road infrastructure sector in the 2014-2020 programming period, is 13.8 billion euros.

The financial plan of the General Transport Master Plan is to be presented at the reunited meetings of Transport Committees in Parliament before its submission to the European Commission.

Ministry of Transport thanks all those who, in public debates, put forward useful proposals for this strategic document of Romania.



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