Moscow, Russia (PortSEurope) September 15, 2020 – The Ministry of Transport presented a draft plan of the federal project “Development of seaports” for the modernization of infrastructure (KPMI) until 2030. In the period 2020 -2030, it is planned to increase transshipment by 353.5 million tons. In 2026-2029, a small increase is projected, only 8.5 million tons, and a further 54 million tons will be added in 2030.
Total financing is estimated at 828.1 billion rubles, including 193.5 billion rubles from the federal budget. The project excludes a wide range of activities in the Far East. In particular, the plan for the expansion of the Shakhtersk port of the Eastern Mining Company (8.5 million tons), technical re-equipment of the Posiet port of Mechel (4 million tons), the construction of the Rusala terminal for handling alumina in Vanino (3 million tonnes) and two LPG terminals of 1 million tonnes each – NJSC Prime in Muchka Bay and Vostok LPG in Perevoznaya Bay, reconstruction of hydraulic structures in the Vladivostok seaport for Sollers by 2.2 million tonnes. The exclusion of the dry cargo area of the port of Taman and the terminal in Zarubino, which was confirmed by Rosmorport, is not mentioned in the document. The forecast increased will be provided by the Primorsky UPK, which is included in the project, where 65 million tons of capacity will be commissioned by 2030. A project for the development of the port of Korsakov on Sakhalin up to 11 million tons in 2029–2030 is also being proposed. The plan also includes projects for reconstruction of the Rosmorport infrastructure in the ports of Vanino, Temryuk, Magadan, Anadyr and Naryan-Mar. By 2024, it is planned to commission two berths in the port of Novorossiysk (NKHP), which will add 11.6 million tons to the transshipment of grain, and by 2030 to introduce infrastructure for transshipment of 15.5 million tons of containers and metal products in order to return Russian cargo from Ukrainian ports. The plan includes a project for the expansion of Daltransugol (SUEK) terminals in Vanino, which implies an increase of 12 million tons by 2024 to reach 40 million tons; the parameters of the SDS-Coal project in Sukhodol Bay were increased by 4.4 million tons, to 12 million tons. But at the same time, the capacity of the port of Vera has been reduced by 19.1 million tons (implemented by Vostokugol and Port Vera Holding), so now the plan indicates only 2 million tons by 2021. After the death of the co-owner of Vostokugol Dmitry Bosov in May, the port of Vera, as well as the Ogodzhinskoye coal deposit, which is the base for it, became the subject of a joint-stock conflict. As for the terminal complex in Lavna, the commissioning dates for it remain (18 million tons in 2022), but an intermediate milestone is excluded – 9 million tons in December 2020, since they plan to finish building the railway line no earlier than December 2021, the document explains. A source familiar with the situation doubts the realism of this date. The plan also includes Novatek’s LNG terminals in Murmansk and Kamchatka. State investments in the terminal in Kamchatka (21.7 million tons) still amount to 12.1 billion rubles, although this amount was not enough to pay for dredging (the contractors demanded 20 billion rubles). On September 11, the head of Rosmorrechflot, Alexander Poshivai, announced that the cost of dredging would be increased, and the project could be postponed by a year. Also, the Analytical Center under the Government, which ranks projects for KPMI, proposes to include three grain projects based on the assessment results: two terminals in Vysotsk, 4 million tonnes each – Technotrans and Port Vysotsky LLC – and the OTEKO Agroholding Taman terminal on 14.5 million tons. The head of Infoline-Analytica, Mikhail Burmistrov, notes that at the moment abroad in 2025 the document looks like an almost empty outline of a plan, therefore, given that the planning cycle in the port industry is at least four to five years, it is necessary to fill it with projects as quickly as possible. For a number of cargoes – for example, for grain – there are many realistic projects, the expert says. The second action planned is to prevent a situation where a publicly funded project duplicates a private one, as was the case in the dry cargo area of the port of Taman, he says. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.