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Abu Dhabi Ports making headway with Khalifa Port expansion

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Khalifa Port’s major development of Khalifa Port Logistics, South Quay, and Abu Dhabi Terminal is on pace for completion
Abu Dhabi Ports has affirmed that the expansion of Khalifa Port is on track for a phase one opening by the first quarter of 2021, as well as equipment enhancements at Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT).

The Khalifa Port expansion, announced in December 2019, aims to boost capacity with 200 metres of quay wall and almost 175,000 sqm of land within Khalifa Port Logistics handed over ahead of the project’s full phase one completion in the first quarter of next year.

At the same time, progress has also been made on the first phase of Khalifa Port’s South Quay development slated for completion by the fourth quarter of 2020.

With 80% of construction completed, a total of 650 metres of quay wall containing two berths alongside 37,000 sqm terminal yard is now available in advance of receiving its first shipment.

Progress has also been made on ADT’s expansion plans with the delivery of five new ship-to-shore cranes. Each unit boast a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes, putting Khalifa Port Container Terminal on track to meet its target of 5m teu by the end of this year.

“The continued expansion of our infrastructure at Khalifa Port demonstrates Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to transforming trade and logistics in the region,” said Saif Al Mazrouei, head of ports cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports.

“Our ports are not only gateways to the Gulf, but also convenient departure points to markets around the world, connecting east and west. The multimodal connections between Abu Dhabi and global markets through land, sea, air, and future rail channels have elevated the emirate’s status as a leading trade and logistics hub in the Middle East.

“We are confident that the ongoing expansion of Khalifa Port will significantly enhance our operational and cargo handling capabilities,” he said.

The addition of land plots with adjacent quay wall and deepwater access at Khalifa Port provides opportunities particularly for industrial producers requiring prime land plots in proximity to Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (KIZAD) and cargo owners that wish to import, export and tranship with global markets via Khalifa Port’s multimodal touchpoints.

For example, the Arabian Chemical Terminals (ACT) recently signed a 50-year agreement to establish the first commercial bulk liquid and gas storage terminal at Khalifa Port that will be located on a plot with 16-metre direct deepwater quay access within the newly developed KPL.

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