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Essar arm to make coal terminal at Beira Port

Essar Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique to develop a new coal terminal at Beira Port as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. The project will be executed through a subsidiary, New Coal Terminal Beira, SA (NCTB SA), which is a joint venture between Essar (which will own 70 per cent) and Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).
The project will enhance the coal handling capacity of Mozambique by 20 million tonne per annum (MTPA) in two phases of 10 MTPA each. Mozambique is estimated to have reserves of over 23 billion tonnes of coal, which makes the country a major coal exporter that is well placed to cater to the international steel and power industries, especially in India, China, Japan and Korea.

The NCTB has dedicated rail connectivity to Mozambique’s coal mining belt in the Tete region, which CFM has recently enhanced to a capacity of 20 MTPA. The first phase of this project will be developed at a cost of close to $275 million and will entail developing dedicated berths, along with state-of-the-art, mechanised and environment-friendly systems.


Birla Corp plans Rs 2,400-crore cement project

In order to increase its cement production capacity from the current 15.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to nearly 20 mtpa in the next five years, Birla Corporation is planning a four mtpa project in Mukutban, Yavatmal in Maharashtra. The investment envisaged is Rs 2,400 crore, and the land has been acquired too, as per reports.

The eastern region is seeing the highest rise in demand and many companies including JSW, Emami, Shree Cement, are setting up new capacity.
It is reported that an increase of 38 per cent and 23 per cent in the government’s fund allocation in its annual Budget for the housing and roads sectors, respectively, to Rs 23,000 crore and Rs 64,900 crore, is expected to boost cement uptake.


JCB India exhibits range of Road Solutions

JCB India Ltd has showcased its range of class leading, Made-in-India Road Construction Solutions at an event held at its state-of-the-art factory in Pune. Through this day-long event, JCB established its transformation into a Full Range Infrastructure Equipment Partner, especially in the area of Road construction.

“Roads and Highways continue to be a major driver for infrastructure growth in India and the Government’s focus is evident through the significant outlay it has made towards this sector in successive National Budgets.” said Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India Ltd. “JCB’s machines have been contributing to the development of India’s infrastructure for close to four decades. Now through its Premier Line Road Construction Solutions, it is committed to contributing and expediting the building of Roads and Highways in both, rural and urban India. JCB provides a full solution of products, training, monitoring, parts, and service, backed by the largest distribution network in India.”

JCB India organised a live demonstration of its machines to highlight the utility of each of the product that plays a pivotal role in the construction of Roads. In the large Excavator category, the JS 205LC (20T Tracked Excavator), the JCB 220LC Xtra (22T Tracked Excavator) and the JCB 305LC (30T Tracked Excavator) were shown live in action.

In the Compactor range, the recently introduced JCB116 (11T Soil Compactor), the VMT860eco (9T Tandem Roller) and the VMT330 (3.3T Mini Tandem Roller) were demonstrated. The JCB 455ZX, the 5.5T Wheeled Loader which is primarily used for bulk material loading was also part of this activity which had 12 machines in all.

He added, “Our in-house Design Centre in Pune has been at the forefront of all our innovation programmes which includes the range of machines exhibited and demonstrated at this event. Products manufactured at the Pune facility are sold not only in India, but are also exported to various countries around the world.”
JCB’s world class ecoXcellence Backhoe Loader – the 3DX Xtra, the 3T Mini Excavator - JCB 30Plus and the class leading range of Material Handling product solutions which includes the Telehandler and the Skid Steer Loader were also part of the demonstration activities at the work site.

The utility of JCB’s GQ100Kva Diesel Genset and the leading range of attachments such as Man Basket, Auger, Rock Breaker, Pallet Fork and Sweeper Collector etc. were also experienced at the event.

With Internet of things becoming an important part of our daily operations, JCB Livelink has gained immense popularity in the industry. JCB Livelink is an innovative telematics technology that enables users to remotely monitor machines. It maximises the productivity of the machines by providing real time alerts on Service, Operation and Security benefits to the machines owners.
All these products are backed by an industry leading product support network. JCB India has over 60 dealers and 650 outlets, making it the largest dealership network in the construction and earthmoving equipment industry. These outlets are spread across India, employing over 6,000 trained professionals to cater to different customer requirements.

To ensure that customers derive the maximum from our machines, JCB recently introduced “Premier Line Solutions” which are specifically designed to give maximum value to customers through a comprehensive range of customised support packages. These packages offer real time and proactive product support solutions. Products included under the JCB Premier Line Solutions are the JCB 220LC Xtra, the JCB 305LC, the JCB 370, the 455ZX Wheeled Loader and the JCB116 Soil Compactor. All JCB machines are manufactured on the company philosophy of “One Global Quality” are not only sold in India, but are also exported to over 70 countries around the world.


Case delivers 10,000th vibratory compactor in India

Case Construction Equipment has introduced its 10,000th vibratory compactor at manufacturing plant in Pithampur, leading to highest sales volume in 25 years of operation. The road construction companies across the country have appreciated the simple design of Case vibratory compactors, which makes it easy to use and to maintain, and their exceptional reliability.
Abhijit Gupta, Brand Leader for Case CE India, said, “These achievements are testament to the popularity of Case vibratory compactors in India. Case is the absolute leader in this market segment in the country.”
The Pithampur plant has been able to meet the resulting hike in demand, keeping pace with this fast growing market, and exported its highly successful vibratory compactors to other countries.


Adani Cementation to set up plants in Gujarat, Karnataka

Adani Cementation, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, is in the process of setting up cement-grinding and clinker facilities at Mundra in Gujarat and Udupi in Karnataka. The cost for setting up two grinding plants is estimated at Rs 1,120 crore. The engineering consultancy would be invited to bid these 2 million tonne per annum (mtpa) cement-grinding plants. The grinding plants at Mundra and Udupi would require fly-ash of around 2,150 tonne per day, Gypsum would be 245 tonne per day, while Clinker would be around 3,700 tonne per day. Besides, the company will also set up a 5 mtpa clinker grinding facility at Lakhpat in Gujarat. The clinker plant will cost anywhere between Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore. While an investment of Rs 15 crore would be towards pollution-control measures at the grinding facilities. The project is likely to be completed in 24 months period, fulfilling the growing demand of cement in south and west India.


Essar to invest Rs 10,000 cr for port in Gujarat

Essar Ports has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to build Rs 10,000 crore greenfield commercial port at Dwarka in Gujarat.
Work on a detailed project report (DPR) is on. We are now working on approvals for the project, which might take some time. The project is estimated to employ around 1,000 people, as per sources.

Besides, the company is also in the process to expand the 30 metric tonne (mt) Hazira Bulk Terminal to 50 mt and also the 16 mt Visakhapatnam terminal to 32 mt, add reports.


UP Govt clears decks for DPR of Gorakhpur Metro

The Uttar Pradesh Government cleared decks for the blueprint for Gorakhpur
Metro Rail. Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) have been given the task to draft the detailed project report (DPR) and comprehensive mobility plan (CMP). The DPR for the project will be submitted within six months time, as per the reports. The blueprint for the Gorakhpur Metro will be prepared under the supervision of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC).


Centre to invest Rs 55,000 cr on road projects in Jharkhand

During the maiden global investors’ summit (GIS) in Ranchi, the Centre assured it would spend Rs 55,000 crore on its road projects alone, besides making huge investments in city development, power and textile sectors. The announcements came from the Union ministers who attended it recently.
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that the government will spend Rs 50,000 crore to increase road connectivity and highways in Jharkhand in the next two and a half years. Work of Rs 5,000 crore on road development is already on in the state and Rs 2,000 crore is also proposed to construct a bridge across the Ganga river at Sahibganj to link Manihari, add reports.