Visag port on track of completion
Leighton Welspun, which is constructing the iconic Visag port, said it’s on track to complete the project ahead of schedule. This is the company’s first such project in the sector. “The project team has already completed the berth, almost three months ahead of schedule, and is in process of wrapping up the balance activities, all of which will also complete ahead of plan,” the company said. Their works at Visag are for a coal terminal and will add much needed capacity to the coal import sector which in turn benefits the power and steel industries.
The project involves mechanization of coal handling facilities and up-gradation of the general cargo berth at the outer harbour of Visakhapatnam Port, to cater to 2 lakh DWT vessels through public private partnership on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Transfer basis. The work undertaken includes: civil, mechanical & electrical works for installation of a suitably designed system for unloading of coal at the rate of 70,000 TPD via 3 ship un-loaders. The berth structure is 356m long and 21m wide. It included installation of 200 cast in situ piles, casting and installation of 850 precast concrete elements and pouring of approximately 19,000 m3 of concrete. The berth was constructed to support 3 ship unloading cranes which will allow for the mechanisation of the coal unloading facility.
The main challenge in executing the works for this project was the port authorities’ requirement to maintain operation of the existing berth through the duration of the construction activities. To cater to this need, the work was carried out in two phases. “Works continue on the buildings and terminal operational facilities with the balance of the contract works to complete within the next few weeks, bringing to conclusion another successfully completed project,” the company added.