Port of VO Chidambaranar Handles Record Volume of Wind Turbine Blades | mint
VO Chidambaranar port in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu handled 120 imported wind turbine blades, the highest volume in a single shipment on Oct. 27, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said on Friday. in a press release.
The port surpassed the previous highest import of 60 wind turbine blades in a single shipment. “The entire consignment was handled diligently with two Harbor Mobile cranes, with the utmost concern for the safety of the cargo and handling workers,” the department added.
The Port of VO Chidambaranar processed 2,906 wind turbine blades in the fiscal year 2021-22 and 1,598 wind turbine blades in the current fiscal year to September 2022.
“The flat-bottomed vessel ‘MV.NAN FENG ZHI XING’ with an arrival draft of 6.60 meters, loaded with 120 wind turbine blades (length: 76.8 meters), was moored at the port on October 25, 2022 and the whole shipment was unloaded in a span of 44 hours.The wind turbine blades made in China were shipped from Changshu port and imported via VOC port for wind farms. wind turbines operating across the country,” the ministry said.
The port provides a large storage area for stacking wind turbine blades and accessories, easy and clutter-free access to long wind turbine retractable blade carts. Access to the hinterland is seamless thanks to the national road network linking the port.
TK Ramachandran, Chairman of VO Chidambaranar Port Authority, said that the excellent services offered by VOC Port in handling wind turbine blades directly contributes to the service mechanism towards sustainable development in the region and helps to improve the capacity renewable energy from India.
This is in the context of the government’s efforts for renewable energy projects in the country to achieve the net zero target of 2070. Infrastructure is being developed to import equipment which is still not manufactured in the country. The port has become an example of how wind energy projects can be supported by tailor-made installations.
Source: Living Mint