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Mundra & Dahej Ports set industry paradigms
Heena | 14 Dec 2011

Mundra Port handles record coal per day and Dahej Coal Terminal gets rail connectivity.

MUNDHRA PORT and Special Economic Zone Ltd (MPSEZ), India’s No. 1 private multi-port operator, today said its Mundra port had handled a record 111,699 metric tonnes of steam coal in 24 hours, which was an India best performance till date, while its coal import terminal at Dahej Port, had been connected by railways, a move that will help reducing logistics costs for transporting coal to the region and rest of India.

The Mundra port’s West Basin terminal, Asia’s largest coal import facility, surpassed Krishnapattinam Port’s national record of best coal discharge performance of 106,171 MT in July 2011 and improved its own record of 95,000 MT in June 2011. The West Basin terminal has a capacity of 1.6 MT per day which is being expanded to 3.2 MT per day.

“Coal is India Inc’s most affordable fuel and we at

are committed to bring down costs by supplying this fuel. This feat at West Basin could not have been possible without the sheer hardwork put in by our team of young employees,” said Dr Malay Mahadevia, Wholetime Director at MPSEZ.

“Logistics is presently the biggest hurdle faced by India Inc. It is the Adani group’s endeavor to increase India’s efficiency and boost its economy by progressively reducing high logistics cost. Importing coal at Dahej is expected to reduce logistics costs between 20% to 40% for the power plants in western India and specifically in the region. We are committed to do so by developing highly efficient ports, Inland terminals and other logistics infrastructure,” Dr Mahadevia said.

Meanwhile, the coal import terminal, owned by Adani Petronet (Dahej) Ltd, a joint venture with Ltd, has a capacity to handle 20 million tonnes of coal a year. The rail connectivity has firmly put the terminal on the coal map of India and it is expected to feed several large industrial customers and power plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra and western Madhya Pradesh.

The railway line of about 62 kms was built by the Bharuch Dahej Railway Corporation Limited, with an aim to provide vital rail connectivity to the industrial establishments in Dahej.

The coal import terminal at Dahej is equipped with two jetties with a deep draft of 14 metres each thus enabling berthing of large capsize vessels.