A new coal terminal for Kola Bay | Polarjournal
The new coal port in the “Lavna” terminal is intended to reduce the pressure on the terminals near the city centre of Murmansk. (Photo: Atle Staalesen)

A new phase in the construction of the terminal has now begun, the Russian state maritime authority says. The terminal, which will be built on the west side of Kola Bay, will have a capacity of 18 million tons of coal per year and is expected to be completed in 2022.

The terminal project comprises the annual handling of up to 18 million tonnes of coal. It is intended to help boost regional coal exports (Photo: morport.ru)

According to the Russian Federal Office of Maritime and River Transport, the construction phase on site is now entering a new phase. Vertical arrangements of the floor are currently being made, paving the way for the main part of the construction work, the agency informs on Instagram. The development was also reported by the PortNews news agency.

The loading jetty will be 660 meters long and can simultaneously accommodate two ships up to 150,000 tonnes in size. According to the developers, “Lavna” will be one of the most modern sea terminals in Russia. “Murmansk will have the most modern ice-free port in the country,” Deputy Prime Minister Maksim Akimov said as he visited the construction site in June 2019. “It will be extremely necessary for our country,” he added.

In order to relieve the burden on the port facilities in Murmansk, the new transhipment facility was moved to the west side of Kola Bay and opened up with the railway network through a new line. (Photo: Gov-murman.ru)

The cost of the terminal is estimated at 34 billion rubles (427 million euros). It is connected to a 41 km long new railway line that extends to Vykhonoy, a level crossing on the Kola Peninsula. Murmansk Governor Andrey Chibis said in August 2019 that the railway was 48 percent complete.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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