Essar Ports handles record 6.25 MMT cargo during March 2016
The contribution of third-party traffic to overall cargo handling stands at about 10% currently. About 90% of the cargo handled at EPL’s Hazira, Vadinar, Vizag and Paradip ports is contracted with captive businesses, like Essar Steel India Ltd, Essar Oil Ltd and Essar Power Ltd. The Company expects cargo handling to increase from 59 MMT in FY2016 to 85 MMT in FY2017—a growth of more than 40% on year-on-year basis.
Essar Bulk Terminal, Hazira
The bulk terminal at Hazira handled 1.62 MMT of cargo in March 2016, largely to service the requirements of its anchor customer, Essar Steel India, which has enhanced its capacity utilisation. This resulted in higher cargo volumes of both raw material and finished products. The terminal also handles cargo, primarily coal, of third-party customers. With Essar Steel’s production expected to rise further during FY2017, total cargo handling at Hazira is expected to reach 25 MMT in FY2017.
EPL’s iron ore terminal at Vizag handled 0.95 MMT of cargo in March 2016. The main form of cargo at this terminal is pellets for Essar Steel, and the iron ore supplied by National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) to its clients. Both these cargo movement contracts are long term and sustainable in nature. With prices of iron ore firming up, third-party exports are also expected to pick up in FY2017 and total traffic is expected to be 12 MMT.
EPL’s bulk cargo export terminal at Paradip Port has also registered good performance, having handled 0.4 MMT in March 2016. Essar Steel’s pellet plant at Paradip, which is its primary customer, is recording continuous performance improvements. With the second unit of the pellet plant close to commissioning, traffic at the Paradip Terminal during FY2017, is expected to be more than 5 MMT.
The liquid terminal at Vadinar has shown consistent growth in traffic. In March 2016, it handled 3.28 MMT of liquid cargo. The Essar Oil refinery at Vadinar has demonstrated sustained growth. The refinery’s capacity has increased from 10.5 MMT in 2008, when it was commissioned, to 20 MMT currently. With no plans for a refinery shutdown in FY 2017, the cargo traffic through Vadinar terminal is expected to be over 40 MMT.
Commenting on the performance, Mr Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director, Essar Ports said, “The rising volumes of cargo handled at our various ports and improved operational performance, reflects the modern facilities at our ports. This will only help our customers with faster turnaround of ships and better utilisation of capacities in the current year.”
About Essar Ports
Essar Ports is one of the largest port companies of India, with a current capacity of 140 MMTPA. The capacity is being expanded to 194 MMTPA over the next few years. Essar Ports has five operational port terminals at Hazira, Vadinar, Paradip, Salaya and Vizag, that are estimated to handle approximately 85 MMT of cargo during FY17.
The Hazira port is an all-weather, deep-draft port with 30 MTPA of dry bulk and break bulk cargo handling capacity. Vadinar is also an all-weather, deep-draft port with 58 MTPA of liquid cargo handling capacity. The Paradip dry bulk terminal is an all-weather, deep-draft port with 16 MMTPA of dry bulk cargo handling capacity. The Vizag terminal, which was taken over in May 2015, has a capacity of 16 MTPA. The Company’s newly commissioned dry bulk terminal at Salaya has increased its overall capacity by a further 20 MTPA.
Additionally, the Company is expanding its Hazira port capacity by 20 MTPA, taking the total capacity to 50 MTPA. The Company is also undertaking capacity addition of its iron ore berths at Visakhapatnam Port to take total capacity of 16 MTPA. The Company plans to develop a coal terminal at Paradip of 18 MTPA capacity.
Essar Global Fund Limited is an investment fund managed by its investment manager, Essar Capital Limited. The Fund is a global investor, controlling a number of world-class assets diversified across the core sectors of Energy, Metals & Mining, Infrastructure (comprising ports and EPC businesses) and Services (primarily comprising shipping and BPO businesses). The aggregated revenues of the Fund’s portfolio companies total US$35 billion. The Fund’s portfolio companies employ over 60,000 people across 29 countries