Acron group, one of Russia’s leading vertically integrated mineral fertiliser producers, has contracted the European Sulphur Terminal (EST) at the Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga to handle its exports.
Under a long-term agreement, EST will handle up to 0.7 Mtpa for Acron, starting next year, following the construction of dedicated storage facilities.
Executive director Yuri Golubnichenko said EST has already started designing the new warehouse and conveyor systems to store and handle Acron’s exports. Acron’s said EST offers an advantageous geographical location at a deepwater harbour, along with advanced technical capabilities.
Indeed, with a draught of 16m alongside its two (265m and 235m long) berths, and state-of-the-art ThyssenKrupp equipment, EST can accommodate Panamax vessels of up to 70,000t dwt and handle up to 4.5 Mtpa of bulk cargoes.
The terminal features a 100,000t capacity, highly mechanised warehouse, and a system of conveyors and transfer towers to transport cargoes from the railcar unloading station to the warehouse and shiploaders. It also operates around 4 km of its own rail tracks (allowing up to 300 railcars) linked to a main railway line.
Moscow has been strongly encouraging the redirection of export flows from the Baltic States’ ports into those on the Russian Baltic coast. State-controlled Russian Railways (RZD) has this year completed a planned capacity expansion of the approach lines to the Russian ports on the Gulf of Finland’s southern shore, and above all Ust-Luga. This will allow the local operators like EST to increase their handling volumes.