Kandla port plans major Rs693cr expansion

Vol 18, PW 18 (07 May 15) Midstream & Downstream

You read it here first – one of India’s busiest and highest earning ports, Kandla on the Gujarat sea coast, is set to undergo a Rs693.66cr ($110m) expansion.

PETROWATCH learns a key component of the expansion, for which tenders are expected by end-2015, will be an additional oil jetty at an estimated cost of Rs219.64cr ($35m) to ease the strain on six established jetties at the Gujarat port, established in the 1950s as India’s chief port after partition left Karachi in Pakistan. By early next year (2016) Kandla Port Trust also wants to begin work on constructing a barge port in the Veera area, a barge jetty at Jafarwadi, an administrative building at Tuna and a road connecting Veera jetty to Tuna.

Kandla submitted a pre-feasibility report for the entire project to the environment ministry on March 25. “We’re likely to receive the Terms of Reference (the first step towards environmental clearance) by end-April,” discloses a Kandla source.

He adds the proposed oil jetty will be 300 metres long and 15 metres wide and will come up near oil jetty six, used by IndianOil. Its addition will increase the port’s liquid cargo handling capacity from 13m t/y to 14.84m t/y.

Today at Kandla only 9.75m t/y of 13m t/y capacity is used because of time lost due to berthing, customs checks, boarding, cargo sampling, and tidal restrictions.