Mumbai-based ABG Group bags order on Azhikkal port project
Friday, 18 May 2012 | 14:30
The construction of cement terminal at the Azhikkal port will be given to Mumbai-based ABG Group. The company is involved in ship-building and cement manufacturing.
The state government had floated two separate tenders for two terminals, one for cement and the other for multipurpose.
ABG Group was the lone bidder for the cement terminal, whereas there was no bidder for the multipurpose one.
The committee comprising Kerala Port Department director Jacob Thomas, deputy director Hari A Warrier, and senior port conservator at the Azhikkal port M Sudheer Kumar evaluated the tender on Tuesday at the state capital and decided to give the work to ABG.
As part of this the business group will develop the terminal by creating a six-metre draft so that 10,000 tonne ship can be brought to the terminal.
Meanwhile, the government is yet to decide whether a fresh tender should be floated or the government itself should develop the multipurpose terminal instead of going for the PPP model, said an official.The tender was floated based on the feasibility report prepared by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. Though a company named Mundra Port and SEZ had earlier won the bid in 2010, it had later backed out.
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