Phase 2 of Kamarajar Port expansion project underway

Cargo handling at India's Kamarajar port Credit: Manoj Venunath

Work has begun on phase two of expansion at Kamarajar Port Ltd. (KPL), which comprises a second container terminal being added for operator Adani.

The new terminal is expected to begin operation in October 2021, from which point it will increase handling capacity by 600,000 TEU.

Meanwhile the wider port is committing to increase cargo handling capacity by around 60% over the next two years, entailing a new investment worth INR1000 crore (USD132 million). This includes new INR600 crore (USD79 million) on new jetties and capital dredging, and INR450 crore (USD60 million) on a project which includes the conversion of a disused ore terminal for handling coal, as well as the construction of an entirely new coal terminal.

“Currently we have capacity to handle 48m tpa of cargo through eight berths,” said KPL Chairman Sunil Paliwal. “We will be expanding our cargo-handling capacity by 12m tonnes by May 2020 and 18m tonnes by 2021, respectively. With this, we will be adding three more berths and raising the total capacity to 78m tpa. All the new berths will handle coal. Coal berth terminal III and IV with 18 million tonnes capacity is reserved for Tangedco.”