The Marubeni Corporation has been awarded a $91 million contract to supply equipment for the Phase 3 development of the Specialized Coal Handling Complex at the Russian Port of Vostochny, which is due to be commissioned in January 2017. Equipment is to be delivered within 16 months.

The existing facility has a 98.9% level of automation, with coal arriving by rail being fed directly onto a conveyor system. Currently, the theoretical capacity is 14.2mt (million tonnes) per annum.

A second facility, the Universal Handling Terminal, uses grabs to handle up to 3mt of coal per year. The coal comes mainly from the country’s Kuzbass region. BC