New bulk terminal inaugurated in Pakistan
Published by Jonathan Rowland,
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the country’s first bulk cargo terminal earlier this month. The Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT) at Port Qasim was officially at a ceremony on 13 October, following the completion of commissioning earlier this year.
The new bulk terminal will handle coal, clinker and cement. Constructed at a cost of US$285 million, the terminal handled its first coal cargo back in May.
Equipped with two coal unloaders, the terminal will help feed Pakistan’s developing coal-fired power fleet. In May, Reuters reported that Chinese companies were expected to build close to a dozen coal-fired plants around the country at a cost of around US$15 billion.
The terminal is also equipped with a cement/clinker shiploader that will allow faster exports of the building material.
Built under a 30 year Built-Operate-Transfer agreement with the Port Qasim Authority, the PIBT has the capacity to handle up to 12 million tpy a year and has storage of 62 acres. Equipped with state-of-the-art mechanization and full automation, the terminal drastically reduces current loading/unloading times at Qasim.
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