India’s largest private sector port, the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) on India’s west coast has started supplying coal via a 20km conveyor belt. The conveyor runs between the West Basin bulk coal handling terminal and a power plant at a speed of 6000 tonnes per hour.
In November 2011, the coal handling terminal delivered 62,718 metric tonnes of coal per day to the Adani power plant located adjacent to the port.
The Mundra Port is expected to handle up to 45 million tonnes of coal annually by 2013. It is promoted by the Adani Group which is also developing ports and terminals at Dahej, Hazira, Mormugao and Visakhapatnam in India and Adani Abbot Point in Australia. The Group wants to reach a goal of handling 200 million tonnes of cargo by 2020.
One of India's largest private thermal power producers, Adani Power, is setting up a 4620MW power plant in Mundra while another company Tata Power is constructing a 4000MW ultra mega power project in the vicinity.
“The accomplishment of import and time-bound delivery of first such a large tranche of coal establishes MPSEZ’s prowess in developing world-class port infrastructure in India and abroad,” says MPSEZ director Dr Malay Mahadevia.
He says the West Basin is Asia’s largest coal import terminal and has been set up to primarily cater to supply imported coal to the power plants in the region.
Mundra Port is expanding the West Basin terminal and constructing a fourth berth. The company is also investing in augmentation of the material handling system to cater to additional volumes of imported coal for power plants in the vast northwest Indian hinterland.
In October 2011 the Mundra Port also commenced running double stacked container trains to help control transportation costs. The trains are running from Mundra to Patli, connecting northern India to the west.