DP World set to exit Mundra terminal
The DP World-owned Mundra International Container Terminal (MICT) operates one of the two container handling facilities at Mundra Port, which is India’s third-biggest container port after Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Chennai Port.
Sources said the exit would bring to an end the bitter relationship between the Adani Group and DP World that saw an extended court battle. It also terminates the lease early into the concession period of 99 years. When contacted, an Adani spokesperson said they had no comments to offer as the case was sub judice.
Besides Mundra, DP World operates container berths at four other ports in the country — Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kochi. Mundra Port’s two operational container handling facilities?one run by DP World and the other by the Adani Group itself – can together load up to 2.5 million standard containers a year.
DP World officials had held discussions with the Adani Group about two months back for an out-of-court settlement. An email sent to DP World elicited no response at the time of going to press. One of the contentious issues in the break up could be the terms to terminate the lease agreement.
In 2003, the Adani Group sold the first container terminal at Mundra Port to British port operator P&O Ports for $195 million (R768.3 crore). The Mundra terminal came into
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