The grand opening of Huizhou International Container Terminals (HICT), the groundbreaking ceremony for a 50,000 tonne petrochemical terminal, and the launch of a 30,000 tonne oil terminal expansion project, was held at the Quanwan Port Zone (QPZ) on 22 January.
About 400 guests, including Huizhou Party Secretary HUANG Yebin, Mayor CHEN Yiwei, officials from Huizhou Municipal Government, the Communication Department of Guangdong Province, the Dayawan Economic and Technology Administration Committee, Joint Inspection Units; and representatives from Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and shipping companies attended the ceremony.
Mr. WANG Sheng, Vice-mayor of Huizhou congratulated joint-venture partners HPH and the Huizhou Port Affairs Group Company at the ceremony, adding that Huizhou Port possesses geographic advantages. These three projects play a significant role in the expansion and development of Huizhou Port.
As the first dedicated container terminal in Huizhou, HICT is a key provincial and municipal project. HICT covers 60 hectares and comprises two 50,000 tonne container berths with a quay length of 800 metres and a depth alongside of 15.7 metres. HICT received approval to open the first berth on 19 December 2012.
The 50,000 tonne petrochemical terminals project comprises one 5,000 tonne, one 10,000 tonne and one 50,000 tonne petrochemical berths, with a total length of 350 metres and a depth alongside of 15.3 metres. It is scheduled to be operational in mid-2014.
The 30,000 tonne oil terminal expansion will upgrade the exiting 30,000 tonne oil terminal to a 50,000 tonne LPG berth (quay structure of 80,000 tonne LNG ship design). The project is scheduled for completion in late-2014 with trial operations to take place in 2015.