Firm to provide support to design Marfa Port to achieve its capacity of accommodating 200 fishing boats to support local industry
Parsons International Ltd has signed up to provide consultancy services for the first phase of development for Marfa Port.
Appointed by Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Parsons will provide support to design Marfa Port to achieve its capacity of accommodating 200 fishing boats to support local industry. ADPC tendered the contract for specialised consultancy to ensure smaller western ports are developed in tandem with the $7.2bn super port project at Kizad; the only semi-automated sea port in the region, due for completion Q4 this year.
“As we gear up for the official launch of Phase One of Khalifa Port and Kizad, we remain committed to the development of smaller ports in Abu Dhabi, particularly in the Western Region,” commented ADPC CEO, Tony Douglas.
“We are confident that our agreement with Parsons will serve the purposes in hand and provide the expertise needed to deliver a much more developed port. Al Marfa Port in Abu Dhabi is an essential one as it has been serving as a fishing harbour for so long and needs to be redeveloped to match the high class infrastructure projects taking place in Abu Dhabi currently,” Douglas continued.
Marfa lies 95km west of Abu Dhabi and has an estimated population of 14,500 people, supported by large power and desalination capabilities. There are plans to develop the area for housing, tourism and commercial enterprises.
“We are delighted to be partnering with ADPC in the project of developing Al Marfa Ports,” said Parsons MENA president, Joseph A Mehula.
“We at Parsons enjoy extensive experience in marine projects and are proud to be part of the development of one of the essential ports of Abu Dhabi. We look forward to working closely with ADPC and to deliver a project that ought to be one of the most interesting ones we have worked on,” Mehula added.