TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) I is accelerating the development of Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra.
Pelindo I president director Bambang Eka Cahyana said that the construction of multipurpose terminal of Kuala Tanjung Port phase I is 70% complete.
“We will work hard to complete Kuala Tanjung port on schedule,” he said yesterday in a written statement, as quoted by Bisnis Indonesia.
He explained that Kuala Tanjung port development is key to improving Indonesia’s logistics sector due to its close proximity to the Malacca Strait, the world’s busiest trade route.
He said the company is confident that the Ministry of Transportation will name Kuala Tanjung as an international hub for container transport once the construction complete.
Kuala Tanjung Port is expected to accommodate growing demands for general cargo and containers as well as improve flexibility on cargo services and growth of port throughput.
Moreover, it can create value added to the economy which is expected to boost local development and turn the region into an investment destination.
Kuala Tanjung port, which will be named an international hub, will be developed in four phases. The first phase is the construction of a multipurpose terminal from 2015 to 2017. The second phase is the construction of an industrial zone on 3000 hectares of land from 2016 to 2018. The third phase is the construction of an international dedicated terminal/hub port from 2017 to 2019. The fourth phase is the construction of an integrated industrial zone or a port city from 2012 to 2023.
The project developed in Batubara District will cost around Rp34 trillion (roughly USD2.5 billion).