This project, part of Priority Project 18 (waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube), concerns the construction of the fourth lock at Lanaye, the key lock along the Albert Canal at the Belgian-Dutch border. This lock connects maritime and inland ports along the Rhine-Main-Danube (from Rotterdam to Constanza) and along the Seine-Scheldt (from Le Havre to Antwerp) and constitutes an essential point of passage for the European inland waterway network.
The existing lock is highly congested, causing considerable delays (21,000 merchant ships/11.5 million tonnes in 2006).The fourth lock at Lanaye will be 225 m x 25 m, so as to bring the lock's capacity to more than 50,000 vessels per year (with a merchant fleet composition similar to the current one). The project also includes a pumping station to offset the increase in water consumption, and a hydroelectric power plant to capitalise on the available fall of water.
State of progress on 31 December 2012:
Although the project is running slightly behind schedule, all the outputs will be completed by 2015.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
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This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.
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Member States involved:
Start date: January 2007
End date: March 2015
Beneficiary & Implementing body:
Walloon Ministry of Transport
Coordinator’s Report of the Priority Project
European Commission, DG MOVE