The port of Orkanger is an important and central port in the Port of Trondheim IKS. Today, pipelines to the oil industry are flushed here, timber from local forestry and metal for recycling are shipped out, while raw materials for agriculture, charcoal for smelters and consumer goods for the inhabitants are shipped to Grønøra East. This forms the basis for an active port which in the long run will need more capacity.
Today, the transport sector accounts for a third of greenhouse gas emissions in Norway. In order to meet the future growth of goods in a sustainable way, it is a national goal to transfer more goods from road to sea. It also means that port facilities must be built and developed with the capacity to handle freight growth in an environmentally friendly, flexible and cost-effective manner.
The Port of Trondheim will, as an inter-municipal port company, offer local and regional business solutions for an environmentally friendly and traffic-safe freight transport. At the same time, the development of a port can also present challenges for nearby areas and interests.
Zoning plan for Grønøra west
Today, the Port of Trondheim operates an operational port on the east side of Orkla’s river outlet in Orkanger, while the area on the west side of the river has been studied as a new port area.
In December 2016, the Port of Trondheim sent a proposal for a zoning plan for processing by Orkdal Municipality. The zoning plan followed up the municipal plan’s area portion 2014-26 by regulating the west side of Orkla. The purpose was to secure 200 daa of land for port purposes and industry. In the plan, great emphasis was placed on minimizing the development’s consequences for biodiversity, neighbors and the environment.
The plan was submitted for public inspection in the period February – March in 2017. Follow-up studies and processing of the plan were carried out as a result of consultation input. The amended plan was sent for limited consultation in June 2018.
The Port of Trondheim, Orkdal Municipality and regional authorities had further dialogue following the latest consultation input, and a new plan proposal was submitted for final consideration by the municipal council in the summer of 2019. The planning area was reduced to 133 daa, and included the area set aside for a new port in the municipal sub-plan. , as well as adjacent industrial areas, green structure and roads.
The zoning plan was adopted by the Orkdal municipal council on 19 June 2019.
The zoning plan for Grønøra Vest outlines a quay front with a north-facing quay of 386 meters, arranged for two calls at a time. This solution involves a filling of 127 daa land area and 40 daa dredging area. The important shallow areas in the west and towards Råbygda remain untouched.
By limiting activity to the north-facing quay front, noise and light disturbances inland towards land are reduced. In addition, the disturbance to fish and birds is reduced, without significant changes in the line of sight from Råbygda.
The zoning plan provides a baking area of about 200 daa. for freight handling, logistics and port-related industry.
The port area will be delimited by fences according to ISPS regulations. The geometry of the port facility provides a rational use of space for goods handling. The areas are sufficient to handle a future freight volume of 100,000 TEU.
The Port of Trondheim is now in the process of studying practical conditions and financial framework conditions for a step-by-step development of the port area.
See the plan proposal on Orkdal municipality’s website.