Pollution free coal handling facility at JSW Jaigarh Port
Keeping its promise for environment-friendly handling of cargoes, more particularly coal, JSW Jaigarh Port, located in Maharashtra, has taken a major step towards the goal by planning and constructing a fully covered coal stack yard to meet the coal requirement of its 1, 200 MW power plant in Ratnagiri.
It may be noted here that thermal coal remains India’s most important fuel used to generate electricity. With increasing environmental concerns, storage and handling of coal in large quantities have thrown up additional challenges to the ports. In other words, ports are forced to create adequate facilities bearing in mind the growing concerns in handling such dusty cargoes. One of the major challenges lies in handling the coal in an environment friendly manner.
According to an official of JSW Port, the project involves construction of 440-metre long covered shed housing 16-metre high coal stack with mechanized facility such as Stacker cum Reclaimer (SCR) of capacity 4, 000/2, 000T per hour with related conveyors.
The shed is of 104-metre span with 6-metre high retaining walls supporting the roof structure. The roof at the crown is 46.5-metre high from ground. The shed construction involved about 9000 cum of concrete work, 3500 tons of space frame structure and 45, 000 sqm roof sheeting.
The space frame structure was designed and supplied by M/s Xuzhou Zhongmei Steel Construction Co Ltd –China where as profiled colour coated sheets of JSW have been used as roofing material. The shed is also equipped with fire fighting and dust suppression system. The load trials of mechanized facility are in progress and work of construction of shed has been completed.
With the mega structure in place, JSW Jaigarh Port is poised to create a landmark facility for handling coal in a most environment friendly manner which will be unique in the country.
Details of covered coal storage with mechanized handling system
* Reduction in power generation cost during monsoon – preventing coal from getting wet in monsoon and thereby saving considerable cost in drying it before feeding to bowl mills of power plant. This reduces the production cost/ unit of power.
* Clean environment – prevents fine coal particles from flying away due to wind, thereby reducing the probable pollution in nearby surroundings.
* No coal dust problems for power plant switchyard and surrounding areas
* As this shed is having mechanized coal handling facility, coal will be reclaimed with the help of reclaimer and fed to power plant.
* Depending on the varieties of coal and storage plans, it can accommodate around 260, 000 – 280, 000 MT of coal.
JSW Jaigarh Port is the first deep water, all-weather, 24/7 private port in Maharashtra. Inaugurated in August 2009, the JSW Jaigarh Port was built in a record time of 20 months. This greenfield, all-weather port occupies a strategic location on the west coast, as it is situated between the ports of Mumbai and Goa.
Currently, the port is fully operational with 2 berths having a cargo handling capacity of 15 million tonnes per annum. Jaigarh aims to become one of the most modern and mechanized ports in India, benchmarked to international standards. The Port intends to be the facility of choice for all customers in Maharashtra and Karnataka by adopting and developing the latest technology. Jaigarh Port offers port related services in a way that ensures enduring value to the customers, community and environment.
Jaigarh Port is operated by JSW Jaigarh Port, an SPV of JSW Infrastructure. The Company was created to develop the port, on a build-own-operate-share-transfer (BOOST) basis, under a 50-year concession licensed by the State Government of Maharashtra.
At a time when the Maharashtra Maritime Board was looking to develop the historical Jaigarh port, JSW Group saw a potential opportunity to establish port activities. With the Government and JSW coming together with a common goal of development, a licence for a greenfield all-weather port at Jaigarh was granted to the Group.
JSW Jaigarh Port was established in 2006, to support the coal import requirements of the 1200 MW JSW Energy thermal power plant located at Jaigarh.
True to the vision of the Group, JSW Jaigarh Port has since expanded its commercial operations to service the requirements of various other industries as well.