APSEZ plans to abandon Myanmar terminal investment by June 2022
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APSEZ plans to abandon Myanmar terminal investment by June 2022

28 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 28th, 2021 09:57)

The declaration comes shortly after APSEZ requested a licence to run the terminal from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.

APSEZ plans to abandon Myanmar terminal investment by June 2022
The company secured the $290m Yangon International Terminal project through an international competitive bid last year. Credit: WorldInMyEyes / Pixabay.

India-based port developer Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has reportedly decided to abandon plans to build a container terminal in Myanmar by June next year.

In a filing to the stock exchange, APSEZ said: “The board has decided to actively work on a plan on exiting company’s investment in Myanmar including divestment opportunities (expected to be concluded by March – June 2022).”

This declaration comes shortly after APSEZ requested a licence to run the Myanmar container terminal from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), adding it believed it did not breach any sanction guidelines.

In May, APSEZ said that it would leave the Myanmar container terminal project if it was found to be flouting US sanctions.

However, the project came under scrutiny after reports emerged that APSEZ CEO Karan Adani had met Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the military chief who led the ouster of Myanmar’s democratically elected government in a coup.

Last year, the company secured the $290m Yangon International Terminal project through an international competitive bid.

Meanwhile, APSEZ’s earnings statement revealed that it processed 144 MMT of cargo in H1 FY22, versus 98 MMT in the prior year.

This marks a 47% growth in total cargo volume, as against a 16% growth recorded at all India levels.

The company’s consolidated revenue surged 56% from $702.03m (Rs51.95bn) to $1.09bn (Rs80.89bn) over the period.

Port revenue soared 46% to $857.7m (Rs63.47bn).

In August, APSEZ announced it would begin construction of a 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit capacity terminal, West Container Terminal, at Sri Lanka’s Colombo port in December.