Gammon India, APSEZ among bidders for KPT's port projects

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 21:40 hrs

Infrastructure majors like Gammon India, Welspun Infratech and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) are among some of the players looking to partner with the country's largest port, Kandla Port Trust for development of oil jetty and a ship bunkering terminal at old Kandla.

According to sources in the know, "Around nine players have submitted RFQ (request for qualification) for the project. These include Gammon India, Welspun Infratech and Adani Ports besides several other Indian infrastructure majors."

In August this year, KPT had invited global bids for development of oil jetty and a ship bunkering terminal at old Kandla on build, operate, transfer (BOT) basis under public private partnership (PPP) mode. Estimated cost of the project is Rs 233 crore.

When contacted, Adani Ports officials declined to comment on the matter.

"There were some shortfalls in the details submitted by the companies, hence we have asked for additional information. The last date to submit the additional details is December 24. After that final scrutiny will take place and the partner will be chosen by March 2013," informed a senior KPT official.

This this will be the first instance where a ship bunkering terminal along with a oil cargo jetty will be developed through PPP mode.

The oil jetty, which will be used to handle liquid cargo, will have a handling capacity of 3.4 million tonnes (MT) of liquid cargo per annum (PA).

With the additional proposed liquid cargo terminal, Kandla port's liquid cargo handling capacity will increase from current 1.5 MTPA to close to 5 MTPA, the official informed.

Currently, KPT operates four oil jetties, while two oil jetties located at KPT are operated by IFFCO and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) respectively.

As per the details provided by the officials, proposed oil jetty will have the width of around 300 meters and will be able to receive vessels with 13 meters draught.

KPT will also provide 12 acres land to the operator to build storage capacities.

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