Abu Dhabi Ports embarks on $1.08bn expansion of Khalifa Port

Khalifa Port was officially inaugurated on December 12, 2012 by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Abu Dhabi Ports has announced expansion projects to boost handling capacity at Khalifa Port. The $1.08bn expansion follows seven record years of operational growth at the port, senior officials said.

As per a statement, the project’s scope of work includes development of South Quay and Khalifa Port Logistics at an investment of $598m, along with a $435m expansion works at Abu Dhabi Terminals. The South Quay development is expected to be complete by Q1, 2021 and will feature a three km quay-wall with 18.5m along-side draft for general cargo, roll-on-roll-off and bulk usage. It will also include eight berths and a 1.3m sqm terminal yard.

Designed for multi-purpose use, the Khalifa Logistics expansion will boast a 3.1km quay wall with an eight metre draft, as well as 15 berths and land plots, which can be tailored to individual customers. Abu Dhabi Ports said Phase One of the South Quay expansion will be completed by Q4 next year, while Phase Two and the Khalifa Logistics expansion will be completed by Q1 2021.

The two expansion projects will create more than 2,800 direct and indirect jobs and contribute $871m to the city’s GDP by 2025, the statement said.

The expansion at ADT will include an extension of the quay from 1,400m to 2,265m and an addition of 10 new ship-to-shore quay cranes, doubling ADT’s handling capacity from 2.5m to 5m TEUs. The new investment will include significant technological advancements such as fully automated truck loading and discharge, the port developer stated.

With this capacity expansion project in place, Khalifa Port will see its container handling capacity jump from the current five million to 7.5-million TEUs.


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