Pakistan: Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT), the country’s first dry bulk unit for coal and cement, has started commercial operations with a consignment of coal in early May 2017. The US$285mn Muhammad Bin Qasim Port, which was built with support from the World Bank, will also be used to export cement and clinker, according to the Express Tribune newspaper. The terminal is capable of handling 12Mt/yr of cargo and has a storage yard spread over 62 acres. PIBT, under a 30-year build, operate and transfer agreement with the Port Qasim Authority, built its own jetty and is equipped with two coal ship unloading cranes and one cement and clinker loading crane.
Pakistan’s first dry bulk terminal for cement and coal opens
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