Gaolan Port bulk cargo terminal project receives approval
The bulk cargo terminal project at Gaolan Port, with investment of 1.16 billion yuan ($171.97 million) from China Energy Zhuhai Port, has recently received approval from the Guangdong Provincial Development & Reform Commission, marking the successful completion of the project's preliminary work and start of its implementation stage.
A 100,000-metric-ton unloading berth and two 5,000-ton loading berths will be added, bringing 1.75 million tons of annual handling capacity to the terminal. Upon operation, China Energy Zhuhai Port will run 10 berths along a 1,890-m (2,067-yd) coastal line with total annual designated handling capacity of 68.3 million tons, among which 3.25 million tons is for ship unloading and 2.58 million tons for ship loading.
China Energy Zhuhai Port's berths at Gaolan Port [Photo by Zhang Zhou / Zhuhai Daily]
Wang Jun, vice general manager of China Energy Zhuhai Port, said that the project is expected to meet the transportation demands of bulk cargo like coal and iron ore for power plants and undergoing steel projects. It will also contribute to Zhuhai's expansion of the national emergency coal reserve base and help expand large market logistics businesses, such as river-sea and land-sea intermodal transportation.
Once operational, China Energy Zhuhai Port will undertake around 20 percent of the coal transportation amount among Guangdong major ports and around one thirds of that in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, further increasing the core supply capacity of China Energy in South China, as well as ensuring energy security in the Greater Bay Area.
China Energy Zhuhai Port, a subordinate of China Energy, was established on April 26, 2011, with registered capital of 1.95 billion yuan ($289 million). It has since grown into Zhuhai's largest port operator, handling 133 million tons of cargo entering Zhuhai as of July 18 since its inception, with total operating revenue of 3.2 billion yuan ($474.4 million).