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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.

Phase II expansion of Gopalpur port to be delayed

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

The Phase II expansion of the Gopalpur port in Ganjam district is likely to be delayed by a year following the delay in receiving clearances from the Union MoEF.

The expansion entailing an estimated investment of Rs 950 crore, has not got the MoEF nod despite the request made to the ministry by the Orissa Government following the recommendation of the Orissa State Coastal Zone Management Authority.

The delay in the environmental clearance is attributed to the protests from the wildlife activists and environmentalists who fear that the port expansion will impact the Olive Ridley turtles which congregate every year at the Rushikulya river mouth, about 40 km from the port.

The Phase II expansion aims to raise the port’s capacity to 20 million tpa and was scheduled to be commissioned in 2011. A consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India, with others like Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, and Allahabad Bank is likely to fund the expansion.

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