By Andy Sambidge
New wetlands created as part of London Gateway port development project.
Dubai port operator DP World is creating a new wetland 30 times the size of Trafalgar Square by breaching part of the Essex coast's flood defence wall in the UK.
The new wildlife reserve will provide feeding areas for thousands of birds flying south for the winter. New habitats will also be created for adders, newts, lizards and water voles, which are being re-homed as part of the development works for the new deep sea container port.
The new wildlife reserve is part of the mitigation, compensation and monitoring agreement for London Gateway Port, news agency WAM reported.
London Gateway is currently one of the largest inward investments into the UK and is being marketed as the single largest jobs creation project, which will create some 36,000 jobs when complete.
The Logistics Park will offer over nine million square feet for the distribution, manufacturing and high-tech sectors.
The port, which will be one of the most automated and efficient in the world, will add an additional 3.5million TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) to the UK’s port capacity.
Monday saw the culmination of two years of preparations for the complex engineering project with Carillion, the contractor for DP World, removing 300m of existing sea wall at low tide.
The tide will then flood the 30 hectare site creating new intertidal mudflats, which are ideal feeding areas for avocets, dunlins, black tailed godwits and many other species of birds. A new flood defence wall has been created around the land to be flooded.
DP World said it has worked closely with environmental authorities to deliver the new wildlife reserve.
Simon Moore, chief executive of London Gateway, said: "This breach is an important milestone for us, as it allows us to complete the marine infrastructure required for the new port, which continues on schedule."
London Gateway will take an estimated 2,000 trucks per day off UK highways. This equates to 65 million miles of annual lorry movements, saving some 148,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the company said.
Couldn't that money be spend locally in UAE to improve tourists options?
DP world needs to diverisify mate. Dubai has enough tourist attractions and half filled hotels. DP world need to make cash, not stimulate the Dubai economy. Let it make money, then pay dividends, that could be spend in Dubai by its shareholders. We need a strong DP World, and a strong share price
Yea David, it makes sense. I think I am being overly influenced by AB commenters, being negative. Not good.
A company that is working to displace its potential negative impact on the surrounding environment - good on DP World. David's right - DP World's ports business is perhaps the way to turn the tide (pardon the pun) on the share price. A strong DP World would be a beacon for FDI into Dubai and the wider UAE. People should stop thinking about the shorterm gain and consider the long term benefits of a stronger, more influential DP World - this company has GE potential.