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Sical studying alternative use of Ennore iron ore terminal - 2011-12-19


Sical Logistics Ltd is exploring alternative use of its iron ore terminal at Ennore port. While the terminal is ready for commercial operations, it could not commence operations due to the ban imposed by the Karnataka Government on mining and transporting of iron ore from the State. Sical Iron Ore Terminals Ltd, which is a special purpose vehicle company formed to manage the project, has developed a six million tonnes iron ore terminal at the country's first corporatised port.
Sical Iron Ore is promoted by Sical Logistics with 89 per cent equity stake and L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd, says Sical Logistics' annual report for the year 2010-11. Company official could not be reached for more information. The terminal, for which the company has signed an agreement with Ennore Port in July 2006, is being developed on a build-operate-transfer, revenue-sharing contract with Ennore Port for 30 years, including the construction period. The terminal will have a capacity for 12 mt cargo a year. Facilities include a jetty, ship loader, mechanised handling system with conveyor, storage, and wagon unloading system. Initially, the terminal was built to handle panamax and cape size vessels up to 1,50,000 dead weight tonnes; after dredging, the terminal would be able to handle vessels of 2,50,000 DWT. Other features include the capability of an average 75,000-tonne/day ship loading rate; a stockpile area that can store 2.4 mt iron ore; and a railway wagon unloading system that can handle up to twelve 3,500-tonne rakes a day. Sical Logistics, which originally belonged to the Chennai-based M.A. Chidambaram Group, has also been awarded the project to develop a mechanised iron ore handling at the deep draft berth No 14 of the New Mangalore port on a BOT basis. The project activities have been initiated, the company said in the annual report.

Source: Hindu Business Line