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Adani Ports to enhance Haldia Dock’s capacity in Bengal

APSEZ signs concession agreement to develop Berth no. 2 at Haldia Dock Complex in Bengal

Ahmedabad, September 15, 2022

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) , India's largest integrated transport utility and a part of the Adani Group, has signed a concession agreement to enhance the capacity of Haldia Dock Complex in Bengal.

The concession agreement for mechanization of Berth No. 2 at Haldia Port has been signed by HDC Bulk Terminal Ltd (HBTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of APSEZ, with Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK).

This is in continuation to the selection of APSEZ as a successful bidder by SMPK earlier in February, a press release from the Adani Group said.

“The mechanization and upgradation of Haldia Bulk Terminal provides us the opportunity to firmly establish APSEZ’s footprint in Bengal," said Karan Adani, CEO and Whole Time Director of APSEZ. “We remain committed to further accelerating the ever-growing industry and economy of Bengal. With this fully mechanized facility, we aim to set a higher benchmark in port operations and environmental practices."

"This terminal, alongside our existing world class ports and terminals along the east coast of India, will synergize APSEZ’s services and enhance customer experience. Our leadership in integrated logistics will significantly enhance HBTL’s efficiency and benefit the shipping industry," he added.

As per the concession agreement, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed to implement the project will get the rights to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and manage the bulk terminal with a capacity of 3.74 million tons per annum for a concession period of 30 years at Haldia Dock Complex, Haldia.

The Haldia Dock Complex houses various bulk handling facilities at Haldia under SMPK’s purview. It caters to a large hinterland including Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Northeastern Hill States and the landlocked neighboring country of Nepal. This terminal will handle the supply chain of raw materials in the steel plants, power plants and cement plants located in the hinterland.

"The USP of this project is the ability to provide bulk cargo handling services, which would be completely mechanized, highly efficient, environment-friendly and pollution-free. The project will not only add efficient port capacity but will also help to reduce the logistics cost of port users by reducing the turnaround time of vessels calling at Haldia Dock," the release said.

As per the agreement, HBTL will undertake the financial closure for the project within six months and commence the construction of the terminal. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 298 crore. The project has already received the necessary environment clearance.

APSEZ is the largest port developer and operator in India with six strategically located ports and terminals on the west coast (Mundra, Dahej, Tuna and Hazira in Gujarat, Mormugao in Goa and Dighi in Maharashtra) and six ports and terminals on the east coast (Dhamra in Odisha, Gangavaram, Visakhapatnam and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and Kattupalli and Ennore in Tamilnadu) representing 24% of the country's total port capacity, thus providing capabilities to handle vast amounts of cargo from both coastal areas and the hinterland.

The company is also developing two transshipment ports at Vizhinjam, Kerala and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

NNN

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