AHMEDABAD: Essar Ports Limited (EPL) is all set to commence commercial operations at its dry bulk terminal in Salaya of Devbhumi Dwarka district. The company is expected to begin commercial operations by the middle of December.
"The terminal, which is the first deep-draft all weather-Port in the Saurashtra region, is going to witness commencement of commercial operations in mid-December. Last year the terminal was commissioned on trial basis," said sources close to the development. The project, executed through a special purpose vehicle with Essar Bulk Terminal (Salaya) Ltd, entails an investment of Rs 2,000 crore and is capable of handling 20 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA).
"With this commissioning, the Salaya terminal is expected to emerge as an important port destination for shipment of dry bulk cargoes in the Saurashtra region," sources added.
As per the agreement with Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), the terminal can handle third party cargo upto 50% of its total capacity with the permission from the board. "Initially, the first cargo to arrive at the terminal is likely to be for captive consumption," sources revealed. Essar Power Limited (EPL) through its subsidiary company operates 1,200 MW imported coal-fired power project at Salaya in Devbhumi Dwarka district.
After commencement of the operations at Salaya terminal, total cargo handling capacity of EPL will increase to 110 MMTPA from current 82 MMTPA. The port terminal is capable of handling commodities like coal, bauxite, limestone and fertilisers.
EPL plans to connect the terminal, through rail and bridge connectivity, to secondary and tertiary locations in the hinterland. It is a protected harbour between Kalubhar Island and Dhani Bet in the area.
EPL operates ports and terminals for handling liquid, dry bulk, break bulk and general cargo at Hazira in Gujarat, Paradip in Orissa and two iron ore berths in outer harbor of Visakhapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh.