Mumbai: Paradip Port Trust has received Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) approval for the All Weather Deep Draft Coal Berth which had been awarded to Essar Ports on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis on a 30 year concession. Essar Ports has now received formal intimation from Paradip Port Trust to commence mobilization towards construction activities.
Essar Ports will build a mechanized berth of 370m length which will be one of the most advanced port facilities of its type in India. This would give the facility an effective handling capability of 14 to 18 million tons per annum.
This project is a part of Paradip Port Trust's plans towards mechanization of coal imports. Last year, Paradip Port Trust handled approximately 12 MMT of imported coal. As per the concession, this volume, along with any incremental volume, will shift to the mechanized berth which would be built by Essar Ports.
Speaking on the development, Rajiv Agarwal, MD Essar Ports said "We are extremely happy with the approval finally coming through. We would be looking forward to commencing construction activities at the earliest, and target commissioning in 18-24 months time, which will add significantly to our third party volumes."
Essar Ports currently operates 88 MMTPA of port capacity between Vadinar and Hazira. The company is expanding its total capacity to 158 MMTPA by 2014. The Deep Draft Coal Berth at Paradip is expected to add 14 to 18 MMTPA of third party cargo volumes to Essar Ports.