Blog » 2013 - Georgia, International Logistics Centre (ILC) at TAM/Veli site in Tbilisi
|2013 - Georgia, International Logistics Centre (ILC) at TAM/Veli site in Tbilisi|
|Intermodal project. The TAM/Veli site is located 3 km from Tbilisi International Airport and 15 km from Tbilisi City. The total area is 217 ha. The operator of the TAM is JSC Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (TAM), owned by the Georgian state (Ministry of Defence). The site with its own runway is being used for test flights by the company. There is about 63ha of land available for the development of an ILC (including 15ha extension area and 12ha at Veli Terminal).
Road connection: TAM/Veli site has a direct connection to the road Tbilisi - Rustavi (the largest industrial city in the Tbilisi region). The envisaged road access of the future ILC guarantees a connection via country road to the main highway S9 (Poti (S1) - Tbilisi - Baku/Yerevan). The nearest junction with the main highway is about 7 km away. The existing country road, which connects the land plot with the main highway, is in poor condition and will have to be repaired and upgraded.
Railway connection: The future ILC area at TAM/Veli will link to the TRACECA railway line (Poti - Tbilisi - Baku) in cooperation with the Container Terminal Veli. The CT Veli, adjacent in the north of the TAM territory, is situated on the main railway line (Poti - Tbilisi - Baku) and will be used for railroad transhipment operations. The Tbilisi Marshalling station (located roughly 3 km away from TAM/Veli) is the main railway junction for directions to Azerbaijan and Armenia). Georgian Railway JSC is currently implementing the Tbilisi Railway Bypass project, a new double track railway route that will bypass the central area of the city of Tbilisi and could upgrade the Tbilisi Marshalling station. Located in the eastern outskirts of Tbilisi metropolitan area, the ILC will have adequate access to the existing railway line and to the major road network, including the road links to the Georgian Black Sea ports of Poti and Batumi, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
|The main objective of the planned Logistics Centre is to:
|Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia|
|41.3 mln EUR|
|The implementation of the project has been halted due to different and partly conflicting interests among the various public sector stakeholders, a change of ownership of the TAM site and the decision by Georgian railways to operate an alternative new container terminal in the same area of the city of Tbilisi, where less investment was needed to start operation (the former railway container terminal in the city centre was closed in 2010 in connection with the Tbilisi rail by-pass project). The mid and long term perspectives for the development of this container terminal close to the road to Tbilisi international airport are limited due to space restrictions. The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable development is continuing its efforts to promote the project and coordinate the future activities of the parties involved.|
|Expected impacts on transport, environment, social, other|
Tbilisi is strategically placed on road and rail corridors to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey. Therefore, Tbilisi is a major logistic hub and an important node on TRACECA. More particularly, it is situated on the railway line that links Georgia's Black Sea ports (Kulevi, Poti, Supsa and Batumi) with the Caspian Sea port of Baku.
As in other urban centres in the region, traffic congestion is a growing problem. It is one that the proposed project may ameliorate by:
Socio-economic impacts: From the socio-economic point of view there are a plenty of benefits. These benefits are likely to take the following forms:
Poverty affects the rural population disproportionately, as in most countries. A majority of Georgia's work force is engaged in agriculture, but at a very low level of productivity. Projects are therefore required that promote agricultural productivity and open up alternative employment opportunities in other sectors. The proposed ILC would fulfil both objectives by: