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Kamarajar converts iron ore terminal to coal

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Kamarajar Port, one of India’s twelve major ports, has signed an agreement with Sical Iron Ore Terminals Ltd (SIOTL) to convert its iron ore terminal at the port to handle coal.

The decision follows a ban on iron ore exports by the state government of Karnataka. The original iron ore port had been developed by SIOTL after being awarded the contract in 2006.

The terminal would have been developed in two 6 million tpy capacity phases – but only the first phase was completed before the iron ore export ban was put in place.

The terminal will now be converted to handle coal. The contract has been awarded on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer basis. Conversion work will begin in October and take 12 months to complete.

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