Lavadero Roberto in Portmán
A brooding monument to the industrial greed which destroyed the bay of Portmán The Lavadero Roberto in the town of Portmán, on the coast of the municipality of La Unión, was a mineral extraction and washing facility which in its day was the largest..

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The ecological disaster of Portmán bay
Millions of tons of mining waste were dumped in the bay by Peñarroya Although there were undoubtedly prehistoric inhabitants of this area of Murcia, the real history of Portmán dates back 2,000 years to the Roman occupation. Thousands of..

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Portman Bay regeneration project delayed yet again until 2024
ARCHIVED ARTICLE - Extensive renovation plans for the bay in the municipality of La Unión have been riddled with setbacks The long-awaited regeneration of Portman Bay, in the municipality of La Unión, which has been stalled since 2019, has hit..

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Ecologists in Action award black flags to the Mar Menor and Portman Bay
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The flags highlight beaches and coastal areas in Spain that are failing in their environmental efforts The Mar Menor and the Sierra Minera-Bahía de Portmán are once again the areas in the Region of Murcia to receive the ‘..

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Portman Bay regeneration project back at square one
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The project in the municipality of La Unión has been put back out to tender The extensive renovation plans for Portmán Bay in the Murcian municipality of La Unión have once again been put out to tender after the latest contract..

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Major setbacks in plan to renovate Portman Bay
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The project in La Unión, Murcia, has been stalled since 2019 Plans to renovate and transform Portman Bay, in the municipality of La Unión, have been in the works for some time, but there has been yet another delay as the State..

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New plan to reactivate Portman tourism
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Murcia government are investing one million euros into the renovation on Portman bay The regional government has given the green light to a renovation plan for the bay of Portman which aims to radically transform the bay’..

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Heavy metals found in breast milk from Portman mothers
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The eco-disaster in Portmán Bay, Murcia, saw tonnes of mineral waste end up in the sea Back in the days of intensive open-cast mining in Portmán Bay, in La Unión, large volumes of mineral waste were dumped into the sea, clogging..

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Contract for resumption of Portmán bay regeneration to be put out to tender in May
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The intention of the national government is to restore the original coastline of the natural harbour When the contract to partially recover and regenerate the bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión was finally awarded..

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Storm Gloria brings sea bass and bream bonanza for anglers in Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Hundreds of fishermen are catching up to 50 kilos each after fish farm cages were damaged two weeks ago The destruction caused by Storm Gloria along the Mediterranean coast of Spain a couple of weeks ago spelled disaster for..

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No end in sight to delays in the Portmán bay regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Work cannot recommence until at least 2021 on the plans to restore at least half of the bay When the contract to partially recover and regenerate the bay of Portmán in the municipality of Mazarrón was finally awarded in 2016..

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Dozens of dead sea bass on the beach of Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Suspicions of heavy metal contamination caused by runoff water from the old mines of Sierra Minera The last few weeks have been depressing ones in respect of the marine environment and dish stocks in the Region of Murcia, with..

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Bathing banned at one of the beaches of Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Cala del Lastre, which remains open The Cala del Lastre remains open but swimming is not permitted at the Playa de San Bruno The State Department of Coasts has declared that the beach of San Bruno in Portmán, in the municipality..

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Portmán bay regeneration project to be extended to reach the old port
ARCHIVED ARTICLE When work resumes the area to be dredged will be extended as residents hoped Hugo Morán, the Secretary of State for the Environment, paid a visit last week to Portmán, where the regeneration project to decontaminate and recover..

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Work halted at the Portmán bay regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Concerns over marine pollution and contract awarding irregularities delay the Portmán project Recent reports that the work to regenerate the bay of Portmán on the coastline of the municipality of La Unión have proven to be..

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Proposal for urban beach in Cartagena rejected by Port Authority
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Naturalists maintain that a 700-metre beach could be recovered near the Santa Lucía dock A proposal made by the naturalists’ association ANSE to relocate the commercial activities at the Santa Lucía dock in Cartagena in order..

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Portmán Bay regeneration project delay confirmed
ARCHIVED ARTICLE A 14-million-euro rethink is required, the Secretary of State for the Environment explains Following reports in the regional press that there could be delays in the regeneration project of the bay of Portmán, in the municipality..

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Potential setback for regeneration project in the bay of Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Legal wrangling continues over the re-awarding of the works contract in 2016 It is reported in regional newspaper La Verdad that the regeneration project in the bay of Portmán, which is scheduled to be completed in the autumn..

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Opposition to new macro-port in El Gorguel unites in Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Critics compare the proposals to the “unnecessary” opening of Corvera aiport The controversial proposal to build a macro container port in the bay of El Gorguel, which lies on the unspoilt coastline to the east of the current..

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Arsenic found in mining waste off the coast of Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portmán was the scene of one of the worst ecological calamities of the 20th century There has been considerable debate lately over the issue of soil contamination in areas where open-cast mining was carried out in the past..

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Cartagena port authority begins work on extension
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The long-term intention is still to build a macro container port in El Gorguel With the process of gaining EU approval for the proposed macro container port at nearby El Gorguel forecast to last at least until late 2020 and possibly..

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Spanish budget considers alternative to the macro-port project of El Gorguel in Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE A new jetty in Escombreras may constitute an acceptable Plan B for growth at the port of Cartagena One of the most relevant items in the Spanish government’s proposed budget for 2019 concerns the port of Cartagena, where it..

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Portmán bay regeneration project: installation of the 2.7-kilometre conveyor belt to begin this month
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The government insists that the work can still be completed by October 2020 There has been some concern in recent months over the slowing down of the work at the project to regenerate the environment in the bay of Portmán, recovering..

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La Unión Mayor to demand boost for Portmán regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The new Minister for Ecological Transition was involved in the first attempt to regenerate the bay in 2011 Pedro López Milán, the Mayor of La Unión, is to request an urgent meeting with Teresa Ribera, Spain’s new Minister..

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Portmán bay regeneration project is running on schedule
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The government clarifies statements made last week by the Minister of the Environment The central government delegate to the Region of Murcia, Francisco Bernabé, has made a statement to clear up any misunderstanding which may..

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Portmán regeneration project may last longer than originally planned
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The bay in La Unión was visited by the Minister for the Environment on Thursday Isabel García Tejerina, the Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, visited the Region of Murcia on Thursday, and during the day travelled..

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Another step forward in the long quest to build a macro-port in El Gorguel
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 2 more years for environmental impact documentation to be submitted to Brussels With so much attention in the Region of Murcia being focussed at present on the plans to open the new airport in Corvera early next year and the..

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Portmán bay regeneration project: steriles will not be removed until next year
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Complex preparation work will be completed at a cost of 9.6 million euros during 2018 The project to partially recover the natural harbour of Portmán and regenerate the environment is still making satisfactory progress, according..

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President Rajoy inspects progress at Portmán regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Mariano Rajoy enjoyed a walk in the regional park of Calblanque with the president of the Murcia government Mariano Rajoy was in the city of Murcia this weekend to attend a wedding in the church of San Nicolás in the regional..

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Environmental recovery program launched to regenerate unused mining land in Murcia
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The 10-year program focuses on parts of Cartagena, La Unión and Mazarrón The regional government of Murcia has unveiled a ten-year plan to restore the landscape and environment in 29 areas which have been mined for minerals..

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Portmán regeneration project progressing well
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Half of Portmán Bay will be recovered from under millions of tons of mining waste At a time when environmental issues are at the forefront of the news in Murcia, due mainly to accusations of political involvement in the contamination..

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Portman regeneration project gathers pace
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Rapid progress is being made on the three drying pools in the bay of Portman Progress on the project to regenerate the bay of Portmán on the coast of La Unión is now moving forward at some pace, according to both observers..

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Portman Bay regeneration: latest update
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Visible progress in the project to return half of Portman Bay to the Mediterranean As was reported a fortnight ago, work is continuing apace on the project to regenerate the bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión..

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Concerns in La Union over deterioration at the Lavadero Roberto in Portman
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Lavadero Roberto was at one time the largest facility of its kind in Europe The PP party of La Unión is currently fighting an ongoing campaign to highlight ways in which the members feel that their work to protect and..

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Seawater visible in 30,000 square metres of Portman landfill
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Visible progress continues to be made at the Portman regerneration project Work is now well under way on the project to regenerate the bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión, and Marco-Ciomar, the company contracted..

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Portman residents worry over regeneration project budget
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 32 million euros have been set aside to remove steriles from the bay of Portman After three decades of campaigning for action to be taken to regenerate the bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión the local residents..

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Portman regeneration project making visible progress
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The first of three drying pools for sterile substances in Portman is already complete It has been a long time coming, but 27 years after the last harmful sterile substances were dumped into the bay of Portmán in the municipality..

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Portman bay regeneration project moves forward
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Portman project aims to recover part of the natural harbour used by the Romans  The Murcia regional government reports that Pedro Rivera, the minister for Development and Infrastructures, enjoyed a fruitful meeting in..

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Gorguel macro-container port construction could begin by 2020
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Murcia government highlights the potential of the proposed macro-dock in Cartagena Antonio Sevilla, the president of the Port Authority in Cartagena, speculated on Thursday of last week that work could begin within “three..

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Portman bay regeneration contract signed
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Locals hold their breath as they wait for work to begin in Portman The long-lasting campaign to regenerate the bay of Portmán, in the municipality of La Unión, came another step closer to fruition on Monday when the works contract..

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Portman regeneration project given green light by National Court
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Work in Portman ought to begin in September or October of this year Francisco Bernabé, the former Mayor of La Unión and regional minister for Development in Murcia who was last week elected as a member of the national parliament..

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Guardia Civil search for El Gorguel arsonist
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 70 hectares of mountain land burnt between El Gorguel and Portman Approximately 70 hectares of mountain land were affected by a wild fire on the western side of the cove of El Gorguel on Monday, and the Guardia Civil are now searching..

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Scientists report that the Portman Bay landfill is still toxic
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Arsenic and cadmium are among the substances found in the Portman landfill As the residents of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión anxiously await the start of work to regenerate the bay, hoping that no more delays are encountered..

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Portman Bay regeneration contract awarded for 32.1 million euros
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 2 million cubic metres of sterile landfill will be removed from the Bay of Portmán The contract for the work to regenerate the contaminated bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión has been awarded for the sum of 32.1..

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Yet another delay in the Portman Bay regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Work at Portman will not begin until at least March or April The residents of Portmán on the Mediterranean coast in the municipality of La Unión could be forgiven for becoming a little impatient as they wait for work to begin..

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Portman Bay regeneration contract awarded
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The project will recover half of the bay which was filled in by mining concerns The contract to carry out the environmental regeneration project in the bay of Portmán, in the municipality of La Unión, was finally awarded on Monday..

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13 companies submit bids for Portmán Bay regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The bay was silted up by the dumping of sterile wastes generated by open-cast mining A total of 13 companies have submitted bids in the process to re-adjudicate the contract to regenerate Portmán Bay, which lies within the La..

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Regeneration of the Bay of Portmán will begin this year
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Portmán contract will be put out to tender in the near future Raquel Orts, the director general for Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea, has announced that work on the environmental regeneration of the Bay of Portm..

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Murcia government reiterates support for El Gorguel container port
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Cartagena Port Authority is seeking national and European government backing for El Gorguel Francisco Bernabé, the regional minister for Development and Infrastructures, reiterated the “unquestionable” support of the government..

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Portmán regeneration project due for green light in national Cabinet
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The polluted landfill in Portmán will be partially removed over 46 months During Friday’s meeting of the national Cabinet in Madrid it is highly probable that the go-ahead will at last be given for bids to be invited from companies..

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Portmán regeneration project kick-starts back into life
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The public works contract in Portmán is "practically ready" to be put out to tender Following the most recent collapse last October of the plans to regenerate the bay of Portmán, which was disastrously contaminated..

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Work still underway to regenerate Portmán Bay
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The current and former Mayors of La Unión are optimistic work could still start in 2015 Julio García, the Mayor of La Unión, met staff at the national Ministry of the Environment in Madrid earlier this week to discuss details..

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Macro-port at El Gorguel remains key development project for regional businesses
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Francisco Bernabé expresses his support for the idea but not for the location in El Gorguel One of the many important and complicated issues facing Francisco Bernabé, the minister for Public Works and Development in the government..

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German mining boss calms fears over Portman regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The head of Aria says voluntary administration of Aria businesses will  not affect Portmán regeration project Despite the fact that everyone is anxious to see the regeneration work in the bay of Portmán begin as soon as possible..

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Portmán regeneration contract officially awarded in La Unión
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 26 years after mining stopped in Portmán the time has come to clean up the mess It’s been a long time coming, but it seems that the regeneration of the Bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión is finally ready to start..

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Portmán regeneration contract awarded to Aria
ARCHIVED ARTICLE After years of campaigning the regeneration is one step closer After many years of manoeuvring and political negotiations the project to regenerate the contaminated bay of Portmán, in the municipality of La Unión, has finally..

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Portmán regeneration in La Unión finally gets green light
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The national government has agreed to put the mining and regeneration contract out to tender immediately It has finally been confirmed by the national govenrment’s Minister for the Environment, Miguel Arias Cañete, that the..

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Negative environmental report for El Gorguel container macroport in Cartagena
ARCHIVED ARTICLE “If a few dolphins are upset about more ships coming past, then they should go somewhere else” The Port Authority is being urged to consider other options The proposed macro-port in the bay of El Gorguel, which lies to the..

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Offshore soundings as Portman Bay regeneration project moves forward
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Could 2014 be the year the long awaited regeneration finally starts? The regeneration of the Bay of Portmán, which has been postponed countless times, could be set to go ahead after the summer. This, at least, is the optimistic..

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Portmán bay contract will have to go out to tender
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Even though there is currently only one interested party, the environment ministry are insisting on a fair opportunity for all to tender for the work It seems that the end of the wrangling regarding the regeneration project in..

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Yet another delay in Portman Bay regeneration process
ARCHIVED ARTICLE More core sample drilling must now take place Despite the best efforts of Francisco Bernabé, the Mayor of La Unión, it has not been possible to avoid yet another delay in the start of the project to regenerate the Bay of Portm..

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Aria determined to regenerate Portmán
ARCHIVED ARTICLE All sides appear united in an effort to get the project started as soon as possible Aria, the multinational German mining company hoping to extract iron composites and regenerate the bay of Portmán, is planning to pull out some..

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Portman regeneration plans frustrated again
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Further delays face Portmán bay regeneration The wait for regeneration work in the bay of Portmán to begin is being prolonged once again according to a report published in “La Verdad”, due to objections being raised by the..

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Portman Bay regeneration project looking positive
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Mayors of Cartagena and La Unión held a working meeting to discuss the practicalities The Town Halls of La Unión and Cartagena are to work together to ensure that the plan to regenerate the Bay of Portmán comes to fruition..

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New option for Portman Bay Regeneration
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Acciona and Aria propose a private initiative to dredge the waste and extract iron for subsequent export This week a new possibility for the Portmán Bay regeneration project has been laid on the table by Acciona, in collaboration..

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Latest update on El Gorguel container port and Portman Bay regeneration
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Both projects were discussed in a port and coastal engineering conference in Cartagena This week experts have come from across Spain to participate in a bi-annual conference in Cartagena relating to port and coastal engineering..

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La Unión Mayor says Portmán Bay regeneration will begin in 2013
ARCHIVED ARTICLE There has been media speculation that the project had stalled The Portmán bay regeneration project has been in and out of the news constantly for the last few years, then just when everyone thought it was done and dusted and the..

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Minister says adjudication of Portman Bay regeneration is imminent.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Minister for Environment met with President Valcárcel last week. After a period of delay following the change of Government in November, it looks as though something is finally starting to happen in relation to the Portmá..

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Viudes reaffirms his confidence that El Gorguel will go ahead
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Construction will begin in 2017 he told journalists Yesterday the Regional Minister for Public Works, Antonio Sevilla , met with the head of the Cartagena Port Authority, Ángel Viudes, to discuss issues relating to the ongoing..

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Viudes confident El Gorguel construction will begin in 2014.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Ecologists are confident they will block the construction. Although there are still ecological campaigns underway to block the construction of the new El Gorguel container port, planned for an isolated beach and bay on the edge..

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El Gorguel seems to be getting the governmental green light.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Ana Pastor made specific mention of the project during her infrastructures presentation. The flagship Project of the Port Authority in Cartagena, the new macro-container port in EL Gorguel with a projected capacity of over a million..

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Harsh words between ecologists and the Port Authority over El Gorguel.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The head of the Cartagena Port Authority called the area around El Gorguel a pigsty. The battle goes on between ecological groups and the President of the Cartagena Port Authority, Adrián Ángel Viudes, over the proposal to build..

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Delays in Portmán Bay regeneration as new Government Ministers take office.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The works cannot go out to tender until February or March After high levels of optimism following approval of plans to commence the regeneration of Portmán Bay, it has emerged that work will not after all begin this spring, as..

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Ecologists petition Brussels against El Gorguel macro-port.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE They say construction of the container port is incompatible with Portmán Bay regeneration. A petition has been handed to the European Parliament by Ecologistas en Acción, the Fundación Sierra Minera and various neighbours associations..

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Portmán bay Regeneration contract under tender.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE 8 companies have put in formal bids. The work needed to carry out the ecological regeneration project in the bay of Portmán, which carries a budget of nearly 80 million euros, is up for tender, and at the moment eight companies..

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Portman Bay regeneration, official authority published in Fridays BOE
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portmán Bay, work has begun to condition the San José mine As promised by Rosa Aguilar, the Minister for the Environment, during her visit to the Region earlier in the week, the details of the regeneration project for Portmá..

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The El Gorguel container port is given a publicity push in Madrid
ARCHIVED ARTICLE El Gorguel could handle 3.5 million shipping containers a year so is being billed as the future "port of Madrid." The project to construct a shipping container macro-port in the El Gorguel bay, the next bay along the..

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Portmán Bay regeneration works begin next week.
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The San José opencast mine will be prepared to receive the sterile waste Rosa Aguilar, the Minister for the Environment, visited the Portmán Bay regeneration research centre yesterday during her one day whirlwind trip to the..

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Portmán bay regeneration, controversy rages over development plans
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portmán bay : Regeneration hasn´t even started but already there´s disagreement over what happens afterwards The case of the regeneration of the Bay of Portmán continues to be a topic of heated discussion, as various differences..

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Portmán Bay regeneration will begin in October
ARCHIVED ARTICLE La Unión, the next step: Following regeneration -tourism development Consejeros for tourism, infrastructure and the council,  have formed a working commission to develop the tourism potential of the area Francisco Bernabé..

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Important week for the Portman Bay regeneration project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Portman Bay Regeneration project will receive Cabinet approval within 2 weeks This week an important meeting took place in Murcia, a meeting held by the Commission overseeing the collaboration between Central Government and..

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Cruise executive says Cartagena is not ready to become a home port
ARCHIVED ARTICLE The Director General of MSC Cruceros says Cartagena must consolidate first This last week there has been a lot of discussion over the plans for Cartagena to become a cruise ship home port. During her election campaign, the Mayoress..

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La Unión, Mayor asks King of Spain for help
ARCHIVED ARTICLE La Unión, 100 letters to fight for Portmán bay regeneration The Mayor of La Unión, Francisco Bernabé, remains unstinting in his efforts to achieve the regeneration of Portmán Bay, which has been one of his chief concerns since..

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Portman Bay, regeneration agreement following positive study
ARCHIVED ARTICLE "WORKS FOR THE REGENERATION OF THE BAY OF PORTMAN WILL START IN 2012" 2011-02-11 Portmán Golf SL, owner of the land, promised to hand over the cutting of San Jose, ( la corta de San José ) although a resolution to..

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La Union residents, rally in support of Portman Bay regeneration and against El Gorguel, 12th December
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portman Bay rally, 12th December, 12 Midday, la Union Old Market square 2010-12-10 The residents of La Union and Gorguel, along with various social and environmental bodies are holding a rally on Sunday 12th December to call..

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Positive step for Phase II Portman Bay Regeneration Project
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portman Bay Regeneration, visit by the new General Director to project research station 2010-12-08 The General Director for Sustainability and the Coast, Pedro Antonio Ríos yesterday gave hope to all those wishing to see the..

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La Union, positive moves for Portman Bay Regeneration Phase II
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portman Bay Regeneration, visit to project research station 2010-12-08 The General Director for Sustainability and the Coast, Pedro Antonio Ríos yesterday gave hope to all those wishing to see the Portman Bay regeneration project..

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Portman Bay, positive moves towards regeneration
ARCHIVED ARTICLE Portman Bay Regeneration, Stage II of research project presented 2010-12-08 The General Director for Sustainability and the Coast, Pedro Antonio Ríos yesterday gave hope to all those wishing to see the Portman Bay regeneration..

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La Union, positive step forward in the Portman Bay regeneration battle
ARCHIVED ARTICLE La Union, The Mayor has been to Madrid 2010-11-23 The Mayor of La Union, Francisco Bernabé, has been pushing hard for several months now to try and move forward the project to regenerate Portman Bay , a battle which has proved..

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Portman Bay, Mayor of La Union achieves positive result in Madrid
ARCHIVED ARTICLE La Union, The Mayor has been to Madrid 2010-11-23 The Mayor of La Union, Francisco Bernabé, has been pushing hard for several months now to try and move forward the project to regenerate Portman Bay , a battle which has proved..

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