Mundra Port handles record 1.12MT coal in a day
Private sector port operator Mundra Port today said it handled a record 1,11,699 metric tonne of steam coal in the past 24 hours.
The Adani Group company, Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) said that its west basin terminal improved its own record of 95,000 metric tonne of coal handled this June.
"Coal is India Inc’s most affordable fuel and we at Mundra Port are committed to bring down costs by supplying this fuel," said MPSEZ whole time director, Malay Mahadevia.
The coal was imported by Adani Power, Coastal Gujarat Power of the Tatas, Adani Enterprises, Binani Cements, and various SEBs and central power utilities. The west basin terminal has a capacity of 1.6 MT per day which is being expanded to 3.2 MT.
Apart from this, MPSEZ said, its coal import terminal at the Dahej Port, which has a capacity of handling 20 MT coal a year, has been connected by the railways, a move that will help reducing logistics costs for transporting coal to the region and rest of the country.
"Logistics is presently the biggest hurdle faced by India Inc importing coal at Dahej is expected to reduce logistics costs between 20 and 40 per cent for the power plants in western region specifically. We are committed to do so by developing highly efficient ports, inland terminals and other logistics infrastructure," said Mahadevia.
He added the rail connectivity has firmly put the terminal on the coal map and it is expected to feed several large industrial customers and power plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra and western MP.