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Essar Vizag Terminal prepares for commissioning of 8000 tph shiploader

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Essar Vizag Terminal Ltd (EVTL) is taking a week-long shutdown ahead of the installation and commissioning of an 8000 tph shiploader.

The shiploader forms 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 million tpy to 23 million tpy.

During the shutdown (13 – 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, 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, the loading capacity will not only 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.

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