Adani Enterprises to set-up Rail, Port and Power Projects in Indonesia
Adani Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of India’s infrastructure conglomerate the Adani Group, today announced the signing of an agreement for a setting up of a “Rail and Port project” with the Regional Government of Sumatra Selatan, Indonesia and PT Bukit Asam Tbk, a Government of Indonesia coal mining company.
Estimated to cost USD $ 1.65 billion, the Rail and Port project will be executed by PT Adani Global, a step-down subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, over a period of 48 months. It will involve the construction of a 250 km railway line and port infrastructure by Adani needed for the transportation and ship loading of upto 60 million MTPA of coal.
The Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani today signed this landmark pact with HE Alex Noerdin, the Governor of the South Sumatera province of Indonesia and Sukrisno, President Director, PT Bukit Asam Tbk in the august presence of the Indonesian President HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno. This agreement is pursuant to a tripartite memorandum of understanding signed in August 2010. It reaffirms key milestones and principles of this major infrastructure project.
Commenting on the historic development, Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group said, “India and Indonesia jointly can be shining examples of nation building through co-operation. The Adani Group is committed to creating win-win situations through private-public partnerships for mutual benefit and this is a huge step in that direction. Driven by our philosophy of innovation, courage and trust; we at Adani are committed towards coal mining and development of a world class port, rail and power infrastructure in Indonesia. Today, we re-affirm our pledge to continue this partnership for creating a robust infrastructure in South East Asia.”
Adani further added, “We at Adani Group are clearly focused on the energy sector and constantly strive to enhance our coal value chain. These initiatives in Indonesia, Australia and even in India will bring us closer to achieve our stated goal of 20,000 MW of power generation, 200 million MTPA of coal mining, 200 million MTPA of cargo handling and owning 20 capesize ships by 2020.”
The 250 km railway line will help connect Tanjung Enim, the coal mining area to Tanjung Carat, where the Adani Group will set up a world class port for evacuating the coal.
PT Bukit Asam Tbk, one of Indonesia’s leading coal producers with the largest coal reserve in the country, has conferred “coal purchase rights” to PT Adani Global on take or pay basis with minimum volume of 35 million MTPA. This concession has an initial validity of 30 years from signing of the agreement and can be extended mutually.
As per the agreement, PT Bukit Asam Tbk will sell 60% of its coal from the Tanjung Enim area to Adani at a government notified price and balance coal will be used as contract carriage for Bukit Asam.
This landmark deal will further consolidate Adani’s coal sourcing from Indonesia, with the company already operating a coal mine in East Kalimanthan. The coal from its Indonesian and Australian assets in Queensland will not only further enhance the Adani Group’s position as India’s largest thermal coal importer but also give it the required fillip for a rapid expansion of its power and coal businesses, transforming it into the largest private sector mining company in India.
Separately, under the bilateral India-Indonesia economic framework, the Adani Group has also signed a memorandum of understanding for exploring the possibility of setting up a 2 x1100 or 3X660 MW lignite based power plant in Indonesia.
The Adani Group will use pioneering modern technologies to consume Indonesia’s lignite resources which are available in abundance thus making Indonesia self-reliant leading to energy-security.
These initiatives are part of the Adani Group’s strategy to emerge as a global player in development and operator of mines and supply coal to support affordable power generation in India. It has already has signed contracts to mine, move and supply 110 million MTPA of coal for use by state owned power utilities in India.