May 25, 2006


Russia's Tuapse port starts construction of export grain terminal



Russia's Tuapse Commercial Seaport has started construction of an export grain terminal with a capacity of 2 million tonnes per year to handle expected increases in grain exports, the port's press office said Tuesday (May 23).


The first stage of the terminal, with a capacity of exporting 900,000 tonnes per year, would be launched next year and construction would be completed in 2008-09.


The project includes storage facilities for 102,000 tonnes of grain and a new berth able to receive vessels with deadweight of up to 50,000 tonnes.


Currently, most Russian grain is exported through the port of Novorossiisk. However, the capacity of the port is limited because it is unable to berth large ships.


Russia's grain exports are expected to increase 25 percent to 10 million tonnes in the 2005-06 marketing year (July-June), up from 7.95 million tonnes in 2004-05.

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