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Odisha to invite bids for riverine port by April

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment

The Odisha government intends to invite bids for the first riverine port in the state by April. The port is likely to come up at the Mahanadi river mouth near Paradeep close to the operational facilities of Essar Steel Odisha Ltd and Indian Farmers Fertilisers Cooperative Ltd (Iffco).

The riverine port is being taken up with assistance from the Planning Commission. A team of the Planning Commission is scheduled to visit the selected port site next week.

The riverine port in the state is modeled on a similar port built on the Tapti river mouth in Gujarat.

The state government had identified 14 locations for development of non-major port projects. Of these locations, a deep sea port planned at Barunei Muhan in Kendrapara district has been shelved owing to threat to mass nesting site of Olive Ridley turtles.

WAPCOS appointed consultant for Riverine Port Project

January 7, 2014 Leave a comment

The Odisha government’s proposed riverine project in the state has got a major facelift with the appointment of a WAPCOS, the consultant for preparation of feasibility report.

The Kolkata based consultant Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) and the state government have signed an agreement for the purpose. The consultant will conduct a feasibility study for the riverine port project. The project entailing an investment of Rs 500 crore will be awarded through competitive bidding route. The project will be likely to coming up at the Mahanadi river mouth near Paradip, close to the plants of Essar Steel Odisha and Indian Farmers Fertilisers Cooperative and will be used as a common port for several industries.

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Dhamra Port expansion of phase -II

February 15, 2013 1 comment

The Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) is likely to raise the capacity of the port by 75 million tonne taking the total capacity to 100 million tonne mark.

This will be the phase II expansion set by the company, once the land allotment is over. The company will require additional land for the proposed expansion, which is not appear tenable as per government. However, this will be considered by the state government on the basis of a norm (thumb rule) being formulated.

As per the norms,first, the port has to achieve capacity utilization of 70% of Phase-I in accordance with clause 4.4 of the concession agreement. Second, it has to obtain environment clearance from Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) for the proposed expansion. Third, DPCL also has to get a no-objection certificate from the National Green Tribunal in the matter of expansion of port beyond the limits of the port.

Moreover, there is also a speculation over stake sale by the port promoters-L&T and Tata Steel, which could further delay the expansion.

Essar Port commissions terminal at Paradeep

December 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Essar Ports Ltd has commissioned its 16-million-tonne (mt) dry bulk terminal at Orissa’s Paradip Port, which will handle iron ore, mainly for its group company, Essar Steel, and dry bulk cargo for third party contracts.

The project involved the upgradation and mechanisation of the existing 230m long CQ3 berth at Paradip with installation of a fully mechanised ship-loading system with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes per hour. This is an all-weather terminal with an ability to handle large size ships. Essar Ports has a licence to operate this terminal till 2020 with an option to extend the licence period by further five years. With this, the total capacity of Essar Ports has reached 104 mt per year. The company is expanding its capacities to 158 mt and is expected to reach that level by 2014-15. The terminal will be used to handle iron ore pellets of Essar Steel. This business is going to grow further as the steel arm of Essar Group has only commissioned a 6 million tonne per annum pellet plant at the moment.

The company is in advance stages of construction of the second phase of the 6-mt capacity, taking the total pellet capacity to 12 million tonne.

Essar’s iron ore berth project to commission soon

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Essar Ports is likely to commission its 16-million tonne iron ore berth at the Paradeep Port in Odisha soon.

The company has completed civil and engineering work. Currently, it is awaiting an official approval to formally commission the facility. The Rs 520-crore iron ore berth project, with an installed capacity of 16 million tpa, has a 75:25 debt equity component.

In 2009, the company was awarded the 30-year concession BOT order from the Paradip Port Trust. The contract involves building a mechanised berth of 370 mtrs length.

Also, it has bagged a contract to develop a 14-million tonne coal berth terminal at the Paradeep Port. In June 2012, it had obtained forests clearances for this project.

Odisha to expedite land acquisition for Astaranga port

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The Odisha Government is likely to fasttrack land acquisition process for Astaranga minor port in the state.

The project requires 3,900 acre, including 1,464 acre of government land and 2,436 acre private land. However, the land acquisition process has been on hold due to various issues such as opposition by locals, lack of environment clearance and non-compliance of land acquisition norms. So far, the state government has acquired 2,400 acre and needs to buy rest 1,500 acre to enable the private company to start construction.

Navayuga Engineering Company (NECL) is the developer for the minor port, which will be built with total investment of more than Rs 6,500 crore. The initial capacity of the port will be 25 million tpa which will be eventually enhanced further to 70 million tpa.

Paradip Port Trust ropes in developer for iron ore berth project

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

The Paradip Port Trust has appointed Kolkata based Blue Water to develop a deep draught iron ore berth at the port.

The project envisages development of a deep draught iron ore berth on BOT basis with handling facilities for 10 million tonne of iron ore. It has received MoEF clearance. On completion, the said berth would accommodate cape size vessels with matching loading facilities.

It is a part of the Rs 591.35-crore project that includes a iron ore berth and coal berth with the length of about 380 mtrs, for handling ships of 1,25,000 DWT in the initial stage and 1,85,000 DWT in the final stage. The deep draught berth project has been aimed at deepening the berth draft to 17 mtrs from the present 12.5 mtrs and the channel depth to 19 mtrs from the existing 14 mtrs. The project concession period is of 30 years. Work on the coal berth is expected to commence by June 2013.

Ministry of Environments approves Essar’s Paradip Coal Berth

July 13, 2012 1 comment

The MoEF has accorded approval for the All Weather Deep Draft Coal Berth at Paradip port (Orissa) that has been awarded to Essar Ports.

The coal berth project was awarded to Essar on BOT basis on a 30 year concession. Now, the company has received formal intimation from the Paradip Port Trust to commence mobilization towards construction activities. The company will build a mechanised berth of 370 mtrs length. This would give the facility an effective handling capability of 14 to 18 million tpa. This project is a part of Paradip Port Trust’s plans towards mechanisation of coal imports.

Jindal Infrastructure’s Bichitrapur port project faces trouble in Orissa

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Department of Water Resources, Orissa, has raised concern over a captive deep-sea port proposed at Bichitrapur in Balasore district of Orissa by Jindal Infrastructure.

The department has raised concern over the proposed port’s likely impact on the Subarnarekha river mouth as another commercial port is proposed by Creative Port Development at Kirtania, located within 10-km radius of Bichitrapur. It has sought a detailed study on the impact of developing two ports on the Subarnarekha river mouth. The department had also sought the views of forest and environment department on building the proposed port at Bichitrapur.

JSW had announced to invest Rs 2,238 crore captive deep sea port at Bichitrapur. The company was to invest Rs 550 crore in the Phase I which was scheduled for commissioning by 2013. The company was to invest Rs 750 crore and Rs 938 crore in the Phase II and III respectively. The port’s cargo handling was projected to reach 20 million tpa in the Phase II set to be operational by 2013 and 45 million tpa by 2020.

Five port projects in Orissa opposed

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the MoEF have objected to five proposed port projects in Orissa.

DRDO has opposed the plan of setting up port projects at Inchudi, Chandipur and Bahabalpur (all three in Balasore district) and raised objection on the proposed port at Chudamani in Bhadrak district after the state government signed an MoU with the Aditya Birla group for a captive port.

Also, the MoEF has raised objection to the proposed port at Barunai Muhan in Kendrapara district, as the place was close to Gahirmatha beach, the nesting site of Olive Ridley Turtles.

Inland water transport proposed in Orissa

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

The Union Ministry of Shipping is mulling to develop Inland Water Transport (IWT) system along the Brahmani-Kharasua river in PPP mode in Orissa.

The proposed IWT system is likely to cost Rs 4,209 crore. The proposed waterway passes through major towns such as Talcher, Paradip, Dhamra in the river section, and Bhadrak, Baleshwar, Jaleswar and Haldia in the canal section. It is likely to be used to transport coal to Paradip and Dhamra ports, for onward transportation to places such as Ennore and Tuticorin by large ships. Presently, coal is transported by rail to Paradip from Talcher.

As per the DPR, developing the river portion the cost is estimated at Rs 2,230 crore (building barrages – dams or irrigation channels – alone will cost Rs 1,843 crore), the canal portion is expected to cost another Rs 1,979 crore (dredging will cost Rs 1,273 crore). On completion, around 11 million tonne of cargo can be transported per annum which can go up to 23 million tonne in the next 15 years.

Out of the total length of 588 km, the river portion is 371 km and the canal, 217 km.

To maintain a depth of two mtrs in the Brahmani river all through the year, five barrages with height equal to the highest flood level are proposed to be constructed at every 26 km between Talcher and Jokadia. Each barrage is likely to have a navigational lock to allow passage of two 500-tonne vessels at a time.

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Financial closure achieved for Gopalpur Port project

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Gopalpur Ports (GPL), a SPV floated by Orissa Stevedores (OSL), Sara International and the Hong Kong based Noble Group, has achieved financial closure for Phase I of the project which comprises developing Gopalpur into an all-weather port.

GPL recently signed a loan agreement with a consortium of 11 banks led by Punjab National Bank for a total loan amount of Rs 848.78 crore. The other bankers in the consortium are Bank of India, Dena Bank, Indian Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore, Uco Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and India Infrastructure Finance Company.

In Phase I, GPL proposes to construct the breakwaters, three berths along with all associated material handling equipment, stockyards, warehouses and railway infrastructure. The project is likely to be completed in a span of two years.

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