Mumbai, May 12, 2020: Angre Port Private Limited, the most sheltered all-weather port in the Konkan region, has leased five acres of its industrial backup land, to Arjun Refineries for setting up an edible oil refining-cum-packaging facility. The strategic leasing model will save land and reduce startup costs. Having a port based refinery significantly cut logistics costs for Arjun Refineries, avoiding the first leg of transport from the port to a hinterland refinery completely, and also gives the company access to new markets in Maharashtra, North Karnataka, and Goa.
The lease is for a period of 30 years. Under the terms of the lease, Arjun Indo Agro Oils Ltd, the edible-oil-making subsidiary of Arjun Refineries, will use the land to establish a refinery and packaging unit. Arjun Indo Agro Oils will commence operations within the next two months, with a capacity of 50,000 tons per year in Phase One, ramping up to 100,000 tons in Phase Two. Angré Port will support Arjun Indo Agro Oils in the import of raw materials, and the clearance and storage of cargo through a tank terminal which will have dedicated pipelines to the refinery.
Commenting on the development, Mr. Eshaan Lazarus, Executive Director, Angre Port Private Limited, said, “Angré Port welcomes Arjun Refineries to set up the first port based oil refinery in the Konkan region. This is a win-win model for both parties, as it generates revenue and cargo for the port, while providing logistics support and cost control for Arjun Refineries. Angré Port offers a distinct advantage to local industries looking to set up a new facility with medium-to-large logistics requirement for raw materials and products. We are currently in conversations with other industries too, who are keen to leverage our infrastructure and cargo transportation capabilities, and will surely see some developments on this front in the near future. This is in line with our vision to promote the economic development of the Konkan region”
Mr. Santosh Vasant Shinde, Founder of Arjun Indo Agro Oils Ltd and Arjun Refineries, said, “We are very pleased to have secured the lease with Angré Port. The private industrial land which is part of port’s back up land , combined with the modern cargo handling facilities they offer, will enable efficient and time-and-cost-saving operations for us, all the way from manufacturing to packaging and shipping. Being a fast growing company, we like to move quickly to capture opportunities, and Angre Port’s team was dynamic and flexible enough to match our speed. We are looking to secure more land in the near future as a part of our plan to double the manufacturing capacity.”
Angré Port, in Jaigad Ratnagiri, owns 300 acres of industrial land as port’s private backup land. It offers this land on competitive lease models to strategic businesses such as mega warehouses, port-based industries, logistics, tank terminals, and business parks. Angré Port invites potential investors and industries to consider this opportunity.
About Angre Port Private Limited:
Part of the 103 year old Chowgule Group, Angré Port is the most sheltered all-weather port in the Konkan, Maharashtra. It is a multipurpose port with capabilities of handling bulk, break-bulk, liquid, project and containerized cargo. The port, since the start of operations in the year 2019, has handled approximately 750,000 tonnes of various cargo. Angré Port provides fully integrated port, chartering, last mile delivery/pick up facilities and fulfils multiple roles as a single point of contact for all its customers end to end logistical requirements. India’s largest cruise vessel, Jalesh calls at Angré amidst the tranquil waters and scenic surrounding tourism destinations, making it the only private cruise port in the country.
About Arjun Refineries:
Arjun Refineries is a Kolhapur based commodities processing company. The company operates in processing and selling edible oil made of soybean, cotton, coconut, groundnut and palm. Arjun Refineries sources raw materials, especially cotton seeds, from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra-Pradesh, with clients being cotton mills in the region. Arjun Refineries sources palm based edible oil, from larger international traders and receives them at various ports in the country. Once refined, Arjun sells oil as its own brand labels as well as does packaging and labelling for other retailers. Mr. Santosh Vasant Shinde, a first generation entrepreneur, has built a 110 Crore business with his steadfastness and vision. With help of new ideas, he has built various businesses, including edible oil, `cotton dhep`, grocery stores, tin manufacturing plant and the biggest edible oil Refinery in Kolhapur. The Angre Port facility is one step closer to Arjun’s vision of becoming a public company in the medium term.
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