Essar Ports to develop coal terminal at Beira Port, signs agreement with Mozambique govt
August 04, 2017: One of India’s leading port developer and operator Essar Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique to develop a new coal terminal at Beira Port, as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. The project will be executed on Design, Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (DBOOT) basis through a subsidiary, New Coal Terminal Beira, SA (NCTB SA). This will be a joint venture between Essar (70 percent share) and Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM, holding 30 percent). The project will enhance the coal handling capacity of Mozambique by 20 MTPA in two phases of 10 MTPA each.
Mozambique is estimated to have reserves of over 23 billion tonnes of coal, which makes the country a major coal exporter to India, China, Japan and Korea. The NCTB has dedicated rail connectivity to Mozambique’s coal mining belt in the Tete region, which CFM has recently enhanced to a capacity of 20 MTPA.
Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and managing director, Essar Ports, said, “We would like to congratulate the Government of Mozambique for this initiative and for partnering with Essar on such a prestigious national-level project. It will not only boost coal exports from Mozambique and strengthen its economy, but also deliver significant direct and indirect benefits.”
The first phase of this project will be developed at a cost of $275 million and will entail developing dedicated berths, along with state-of-the-art, mechanised and environment-friendly systems. Once operations commence, substantial direct and indirect employment opportunities will be created for the country’s citizens through downstream production and expansion in the supplier and service industry.