- Work on 1,100 m berth in full swing; to be completed by December 2016
- Expansion project to come up at an investment of Rs 750 crore. Existing investment of Rs 2,450 crore to take the total investment in Hazira port to Rs 3,200 crore
- Post expansion, cargo handling capacity to increase to 50 MTPA from existing 30 MTPA.
- 80% increase in traffic in Q1 FY17 to 4.4 MT, as against 2.4 MT in the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal. Cargo handling at port is expected to reach 24 MT in FY17
Mumbai, 25 July 2016: The 550-metre berth of Essar Bulk Terminal Limited (EBTL) in Hazira is being expanded by a further 1,100 metres to accommodate the steady growth in cargo throughput at the port. With the expansion, the capacity of the Hazira terminal will increase from the existing 30 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 50 MTPA. Post completion of expansion, the port will have capability of simultaneously handling 7 vessels at any point of time.
Essar Bulk Terminal is investing Rs 750 crore in the expansion project, which along with the existing investment of Rs 2,450 crore, will take the total investment in Hazira port to Rs 3,200 crore.
The Company has already invested in creating an all-weather mechanised deep draft port, which is capable of handling Capesize vessels. The port has a draft of 14 metres, which allows direct berthing of the largest of bulk cargo carriers. The Company has dredged an 8.8-km channel on the Tapi river. Approximately, 80 million cubic metres has been dredged until date, making it one of the largest dredging activities in the country.
In the quarter ending 30 June 2016, traffic at the port increased by 80% to 4.4 million metric tonnes (MT), as against 2.4 MT in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The cargo growth is backed by a ramp-up in operations by Essar Steel’s 10-million tonne plant in Hazira. The total port traffic is expected to reach 24 MT in FY17, as against 12.7 MT in FY16.
EBTL has also received permission from the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to handle 15 MT of third-party cargo over three years. In FY16, 0.75 MT of third-party traffic was handled. This is expected to grow to 5 MT by FY18.
Commenting on the development, Capt. S Das, CEO-EBTL, said: “The Hazira Terminal has been integral to fulfilling the cargo handling requirement of Essar Steel plant. The expanded terminal will not only help us service the enhanced requirements of our anchor customer, but also cater to our growing volumes of third-party cargo.”
Mr Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director, Essar Ports Limited, said: “EBTL has huge potential and is moving in the right direction to unlock that potential. Its performance in the last one year has been extremely heartening. I have no doubt that the expansion project will help the company scale new heights.”
About Essar Ports
Essar Ports is one of the largest port companies of India, with a current capacity of 140 MTPA. The capacity is being expanded to 194 MTPA over the next few years. Essar Port’s five operational port terminals at Hazira, Vadinar, Paradip, Salaya and Vizag Iron Ore are estimated to handle approximately 80 MT of cargo during FY17.
The Hazira port is an all-weather, deep-draft port with 30 MTPA of dry bulk and break bulk cargo handling capacity. Vadinar is also an all-weather, deep-draft port with 58 MTPA of liquid cargo handling capacity. The Paradip dry bulk terminal was commissioned in December 2012 and is an all-weather, deep-draft port with 16 MTPA of dry bulk cargo handling capacity. The Vizag terminal is an operational berth taken over in May 2015 having capacity of 16 MTPA. The Company’s newly commissioned dry bulk terminal at Salaya has increased its capacity by further 20 MTPA.
Additionally, the Company is also expanding its Hazira port capacity by 20 MTPA – taking Hazira capacity to 50 MTPA. The Company is also undertaking capacity addition of iron ore berths at Visakhapatnam Port with a total capacity of 16 MTPA. The Company also plans to develop a coal terminal at Paradip of 18 MTPA capacity.
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