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CNG terminal can transform Bhavnagar port

CNG terminal can transform Bhavnagar port

• Completed the survey work for the port project to be prepared at a cost of 4025 crores on 215 hectares of land.

• The Special Investment Region taking shape in Dholera will also benefit from the multi-purpose port project.

A major development is on the horizon for Bhavnagar as plans have been set in motion to create a transformative CNG terminal at its port. This ambitious project, valued at 4025 crores rupees and spanning 215 hectares of land, has completed its survey phase. The aim is to establish the world’s first CNG terminal at Bhavnagar port, covering the extensive coastline of 1600 km in Gujarat. This initiative, driven by the Prime Minister, is poised to not only boost the growth of port-related businesses but also expedite the overall development of Bhavnagar district.

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Key stakeholders, including Foresight Group from London, Mafatlal Group from Mumbai, and Boscalis from the Netherlands, have formed Bhavnagar Port Infrastructure Pvt Ltd to realize this vision. The project, operating under the build, operate, and transfer (BOOT) model, is led by the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and is positioned to the north of Bhavnagar Port.

The comprehensive plan encompasses various elements for development by 2030. This includes the construction of storage facilities, CNG and LPG jetties, container berths, and railway extensions. The project also accounts for critical aspects such as security measures and future capacity enhancements. A lockgate system is devised to manage water levels during different tides in the Bhavnagar New Port basin.

The layout design consists of a CNG berth of 210 meters, an LPG-chemical cargo berth of 250 meters, two container berths totaling 600 meters, a combined berth for Ro-Ro, dry bulk, and edible oil spanning 200 meters, and a 100-meter tug berth. The entire project necessitates 215 hectares of land, allocated for basin areas, terminals, offshore facilities, railways, and lock gates.

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Integral to this endeavor is the establishment of navigational channels, maneuvering areas, turning circles, and berth spaces. Dredging operations are scheduled to provide adequate depth and width for vessels to navigate smoothly. The proposed multi-purpose port also aligns with the development of the nearby Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), which is around 70 km away. This strategic proximity anticipates the requirements of various industries that will flourish in the Sarna area of Dholera, necessitating a well-equipped port for their import and export needs. This thoughtful consideration has led to the decision to bolster Bhavnagar’s port infrastructure to cater to these upcoming industrial demands.

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