Bhubaneswar, April 23 : Steel handling at Odisha's Dhamra Port has started with the receipt of the first rack from Tata Steel's Kalinga Nagar plant by the train route, an official statement said on Monday.
In the first phase, 6,000 metric tonnes of steel coil has been received by Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district, said the statement on Monday.
With this, a new chapter in the profile of Dhamra Port has commenced, it said, adding the poet's hinterland has many steel plants such as of Tata Steel, GAIL, JSPL, Bhusan Steel, and JSW.
Steel consignment both for domestic movement on coastal shipping route to South and West India get a new avenue, while India's penetration into Southeast and South Asia including ASEAN countries will get a new port for dispatch, the statement said.
Recently, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani pronounced the strategic importance of Dhamra Port as a gateway for the South Asia and ASEAN market.
Adani Ports has signed a long-term regasification pact with Indian Oil for Dhamra LNG terminal at Dhamra.
The proposed Dhamra LNG import terminal is designed for an initial capacity of 5 MTPA, expandable up to 10 MTPA.