Adani Hazira Port Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Ports and SEZ Limited, reportedly proposed to invest an estimated Rs 19,000 crore to expand the area of the Hazira port near Surat to at least six times its present size.
The company has reportedly made an expansion proposal before the state administration, according to government sources. The proposal also states that AHPL intends to triple the cargo handling capacity, said sources privy to the development. “AHPL has proposed to expand the cargo handling capacity of Hazira port. An outer harbour plan will be developed, as part of which land utilisation capacity will be increased from 228 hectare at present to 1,494 hectare. Accordingly, cargo handling capacity will expand from 84.1 million metric tonne per annum to 234 MMTPA,” a source said.
In its submission, AHPL plans to set up a desalination plant as well to meet its 37.5 MLD (million litre per day) water requirement.
“With the proposed 150 MMTPA capacity addition through the outer harbour project, a multipurpose cargo handling facility will further be developed. The outer harbour capacity will be used for cryogenic liquid/gas/cargo and multipurpose cargo, as proposed,” a source said
“The project cost is pegged at Rs 14,030 crore. Additional costs for the outer harbour of the Hazira port will take the entire project cost to Rs 19,000 crore,” the source added
Adani Hazira Port Ltd has reportedly applied for coastal regulation zone and other clearances. Sources said AHPL has already begun with local-level stakeholder consultations.
“The company could initiate ground-level development work by the end of this year,” claimed a source. AHPL handles various types of cargo including bulk, break-bulk, bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and edible oil, containers, automotive and crude. Besides its proximity to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, AHPL has a connectivity to the northern, northwestern and central parts of India. It also makes a convenient international trade gateway to Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East.