on 12 January 2022 under the patronage of President H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and
Prime Minister Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa. This extension will see the length of
the terminal increase to 1,320 metres.
The project is scheduled to be completed on 4 July 2022.
Once completed, the facility will consist of
12 giant cranes and 40 normal cranes, to be supplied by China’s Shanghai
Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC).
Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardena has said the development will cost around $1
billion, set to be financed by local funds.
“An extent of 420m
of the Eastern Terminal has already been completed so far. Once completed, the
terminal, which will be 1,320m in length, contributes the SLPA to handle 14
million BTU annually. At present the SLPA handles 7 million BTU annually,” said
contract of this project was awarded to the Sri Lankan-based Access Engineering
and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).
cabinet meeting held on 23 November approved the proposal from CHEC for phase
two terminal out of three bids.
“The Cabinet of
Ministers approved the proposal presented by the minister of Ports and Shipping
to award the said procurement to Access Engineering Company and CHEC Ltd on the
recommendation of the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee,” the Cabinet
Colombo Port is a prominent container port on the east-west sea route
in South Asia.
Colombo is the largest port in Sri Lanka and
handles 90% of the country’s seaborne goods.