6 firms for liq­uid cargo ter­mi­nal

` 2,500 crore project will have ca­pac­ity to han­dle 26.5 mil­lion tones and will be im­ple­mented in two phases. The liq­uid bulk ter­mi­nal is the third project taken up by JNPT to en­hance its ca­pac­ity.

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Six firms in­clud­ing Adani Ports, SP Ports of Shapoorji Pal­longi Group and United Liner Agen­cies have been short-listed for build­ing

` 2,500-crore liq­uid cargo ter­mi­nal at Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port.

The board of trus­tees of JNPT ap­proved their ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tions. Oth­ers in the race are IOT In­fra­struc­ture, IMC and Srei In­fra­struc­ture, a JNPT of­fi­cial said.

The project with a ca­pac­ity to han­dle 26.5 mil­lion tones cargo a year will be im­ple­mented in two phases. The first phase — four berths with a ca­pac­ity to han­dle 15 mil­lion tones — is ex­pected to be ready in four years. The project, which will be im­ple­mented un­der the pri­vate pub­lic part­ner­ship (PPP) mode, was cleared by the CCEA ear­lier this week. This will be the sec­ond liq­uid ter­mi­nal at JN port. The largest con­tainer port in the coun­try al­ready has a liq­uid ter­mi­nal with a ca­pac­ity to han­dle 5.5 mil­lion tones cargo, op­er­ated by oil com­pa­nies BPCL and IOC.

The liq­uid bulk ter­mi­nal is the third project taken up by JNPT to en­hance its ca­pac­ity.

Ear­lier this year, it awarded a ` 8,000 crore con­tainer ter­mi­nal proj- ect, largest in the do­mes­tic port sec­tor, to PSA of Sin­ga­pore.

DP World, Dubai, which is al­ready op­er­at­ing a ter­mi­nal at the port, is set­ting up another fa­cil­ity at a cost of about ` 1,000 crore.

The port is also de­vel­op­ing a Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone (SEZ), which was in­au­gu­rated by the Prime Min­is­ter last month.

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