(CAA Analytics) In April 2020 A-Property, owned by Albert Avdolyan, purchased 51% Mechel’s stake in Elga coking coal project. In June 2020 A-Property announced plans to increase coal production at Elga deposit up to 45 mio t by 2023. To export this coal to Asia-Pacific A-Property started construction of the coal handling terminal Port Dalny in the port of Vanino.
The construction of Port Dalny will be carried out in 2 stages: the first stage includes a berth with a capacity of 2 mio t/year for loading vessels with deadweight up to 40 kt, while the second stage will be provided with additional berth able to accommodate bulk carriers with deadweight up to 100 kt.
The port of Vanino is one of the largest coal handling hubs in the Far East of Russia. It has the access to both the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) and the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM). There are three coal terminals in Vanino: Daltransugol (owned by SUEK), Vanino Commercial Sea Port (owned by Mechel) and VaninoTransUgol (owned by Kolmar).
Vanino’s overall cargo turnover in 2019 amounted to 31.4 mio t, including 25.6 mio t of coal. The capacity of the railway approaches to the port is currently estimated at 43 mio t/year amid plans of operating terminals to increase coal handling throughput up to 70 mio t in 2024. Port Dalny will be connected to Vanino port by a separate railway line, which is adjoined to Vanino-Sovgavan railway section with a throughput capacity of about 5 mio t/year. According to experts, the low carrying capacity of the railway section may become a problem for such a large-scale project.
Due to limitations in the capacity of the railway infrastructure to Vanino, the implementation of the plans of Vanino stevedoring companies to increase cargo turnover, primarily depends on the ability of Russian Railways to fulfill its plans, ensuring an increase in the railway carrying capacity of the Eastern range to Far Eastern ports.
Source: CAA Analytics
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