HPC Hamburg leads terminal development in Kazakhstan’s Almaty
The ALG Company terminal in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is set to undergo a transformation to cope with growing demand and transported volumes. The terminal aims to expand its capacity and change its operational model. A European company, Germany-based HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, specialising in strategic developments in rail terminals, among other things, has devised the concept based on which the terminal will change an operational page.
HPC undertook the task of developing “a comprehensive planning framework that includes a concept revision” for the ALG terminal. The process included operational data analysis, market analysis, volume forecasting, a review of the current terminal concept, dwell times, train schedules, gate processes, loading and unloading processes, and storage capacity.
The companies underlined that the analysis is now complete, and the next step will be to examine the transitional options and implement the needed changes to optimise the terminal’s operating model. For the record, the ALG terminal in Almaty handles a diverse range of cargo, including “20 and 40-foot containers, cars, breakbulk, and large-size equipment,” while it also provides warehousing and customs clearance possibilities. It covers a 17-hectare surface and can process approximately 50,000 TEUs per year.
ALG Company’s CEO, Indira Tanirbergenova, explained that the reason behind the terminal’s operational concept revision is the constantly shifting geopolitical situation in Eurasian countries that also results in supply chain reconfigurations and changes. “The changes in trade routes across the Middle Corridor connecting Asia with Europe overland have increased demand for efficient rail trade infrastructure in Kazakhstan. We believe that by working closely with HPC, we can better position ourselves to meet these demands and contribute to the growth of our region’s trade activities,” she stated.