Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL), a subsidiary of Adani Power Ltd, has signed a concession agreement with New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) for additional 4.99 hectares in the NMPT premises to enable of UPCL’s project expansion.

UPCL operates two 600 MW thermal power plants at Yellur village in Udupi district.

Concession agreement

Suresh P Shirwadkar, Chairman in-charge of NMPT, and Kishore Alva, Joint President of Adani UPCL, signed the agreement in Mangaluru on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Alva said that UPCL had in may 2008 entered into a 30-year concession agreement with NMPT for 15 hectares for setting up a bulk coal terminal.

This involved the construction and operation of a captive jetty with associated facilities required for handling bulk quantities of coal.

He said that the agreement, which was signed on Friday, is an addendum to the existing concession agreement, and is for the additional 4.99-hectare parcel. The additional land is required to handle additional cargo for the UPCL’s propose d project expansio n.

Rapid loading system

Alva said that UPCL has developed a mechanised coal handling system consisting of two ship unloaders and installed a 3-km-long conveyor system enabling handling 3,300 tonnes of coal per hour.

The facility also includes rapid loading system to load coal onto rail wagons at a speed of one wagon per minute on a 3.6-km railway siding, he added.

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