In Portugal, the port authority overseeing operations at Setúbal and Sesimbra is in talks with the rail track authority, Refer, and SAPEC industrial parks to explore ways of extending the existing rail network from Praias Sado station to two terminals on the Mitena peninsular.

A direct beneficiary of such a rail link would be the dry bulk terminal,Termitrena, where much of Lisbon's cement handling takes place, and also Teporset, which specialises in clinker and cement. Between them they handle annual traffic of two million tonnes, but with an additional rail link the port would be much more competitive and therefore be able to extend its hinterland, argues the port authority.