Khalifa Port’s phase one expansion, which features the development of a new quay and a logistics area, is on pace to be completed in Q1 2021 according to Abu Dhabi Ports.
It is hoped that the Khalifa Port expansion, announced in December 2019, will attract new business and boost capacity in line with evolving customer expectations.
Upon completion, the project is expected to substantially increase handling volumes by providing additional deep-water access and enhanced infrastructure.
To date, 200 m of the quay wall at the South Quay development and almost 175,000 sq m of land within Khalifa Port Logistics (KPL) have been handed over.
The South Quay development is actually slated for completion by Q4 2020. With 80% of construction already complete, a total of 650 m of quay wall, containing two berths alongside a 37,000 sq m terminal yard is now available in advance of receiving its first shipment.
Progress has also been made on Abu Dhabi Terminals’ (ADT) expansion plans with the delivery of five new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.
With each unit offering a lifting capacity of 90 tonnes, the new cranes have boosted capacity at the terminal significantly and have put Khalifa Port Container Terminal on track to meet its target of 5m teu by the end of 2020.
Saif Al Mazrouei, head of ports cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “We are confident that the ongoing expansion of Khalifa Port will significantly enhance our operational and cargo handling capabilities.
“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.”
The addition of land plots with adjacent quay wall and deep-water access at Khalifa Port is meant to provide new customer opportunities.
This particularly applies to 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 the hub’s multimodal touchpoints.
One example lies with Arabian Chemical Terminals (ACT) which 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 m direct deep-water quay access within the newly developed KPL.
This project is underway with the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) having been awarded in May 2020.