Essar Vizag Terminal Ltd (EVTL) is
taking a week-long shutdown ahead of the installation and commissioning of an
8,000 TPH (tonnes per hour) Ship Loader that forms a part of the company’s Rs
830-crore expansion plan to upgrade the iron ore handling capacity of the Vizag
Terminal (outer harbour) from 12.5 MTPA (Metric tonnes per annum) to 23 MTPA.
During the shutdown (13 December 2017 –
19 December 2017), other cargo handling equipment, including a new reclaimer
and a mechanical conveyor system, will also be commissioned. Following these
developments, EVTL expects to achieve a cargo handling rate of 120,000 TPD
(tonnes per day), which will translate to shorter turnaround times and
competitive freight costs for exporters on the east coast.
CH Satyanand, CEO, EVTL, said, “The
shutdown is a planned move and is being undertaken without any disruption to
exporters’ shipments. Given that we are replacing a 41-year old ship loader
with this new one, the short turnaround time is quite remarkable.”
Essar Vizag Terminals Limited (EVTL)
took over the Vizag Port expansion project in May 2015 on a
Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) basis for a period of 30 years.
Since then, the company has ramped up the iron ore loading capacity of the
terminal from 25,000 TPD to 70,000 TPD. After the completion of the
upgradation-cum-modernisation project, not only will the loading capacity
increase to 120,000 TPD, but the facility will also be able to berth vessels up
to 200,000 DWT, with a draft of 18 metres, on the outer harbour.