Adani gears up Mundra Port SEZ

Published: Sunday, October 21, 2007, 11:32 [IST]

Mumbai, Oct 21: Ahmedabad-based Adani Group has undertaken a number of innovative measures to develop infrastructure at its 32,300 acre Mundra Port Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The Port is connected by the company owned 64 km broad gauge railway line from the Gandhidham-Bhuj sections.

The Mundra Port proper bristles with the latest machinery, loaders, men, mountains of coal and containers and of course ships.

It has eight berths with the latest rail mounted quay cranes and rubber-tyred gantry cranes with 137,000 sq m of closed storage facility for perishables like wheat and 7,08,000 sq ft of open storage facility to make it a force to be reckoned with in the port and shipping business.

The Mundra Port is also one of the deepest berth with very little risk of silt deposit collecting (due to its rocky constitution) and is also monitored with hydrographic equipment to measure water depth.

And out in the sea is the Rs 350 crore single point mooring (SPM) oil terminal which is capable of transferring 3,60,000 litres of crude oil from tankers at sea via an underwater pipeline to its land based containers 17 km away in 52 hours.

Its forays into oil and gas exploration have been initiated with its acquisition of two blocks in India and overseas, and a commission of over 170 km of steel pipelines.

The group is also building coal-based power plants capable of generating 2640 MW of electricity with two capesize bulk carriers being ordered to facilitate its transportation.

In fact a new township of 13,000 hectares is being created around the Port with power, hospitals, schools, residential areas, college and an airstrip.

A large part of the project has come to fruition, and looks impressive. With their track record, financial clout (Rs 18,000 crore) and knack for making the 'right' investments, one can expect to see lots of ships to call at the Group's Mundra Port very soon.

UNI

 

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