AD Ports Group (AD Ports) has completed a comprehensive environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) at Safaga Port, as part of its 30-year concession agreement with the Red Sea Port Authority (RSPA).
This assessment is a crucial step for the development and operation of a multi-purpose terminal at Safaga Port.
The ESIA was conducted using diverse scientific methodologies, complying with Egypt’s national regulations and International Requirements, including Egypt’s Law No. 4 of 1994 for environmental protection, the IFC Performance Standards, and the World Bank Group’s EHS Guidelines.
Highlighted within the assessment’s findings at Safaga Port were the significant benefits of the project, including economic growth through stimulating local economies, job creation, and boosting regional economic activity.
In parallel with the ESIA, the design of the multi-purpose terminal is aiming for net-zero certifications for two of its buildings, while incorporating various sustainable design features in the buildings and infrastructure. These features include carefully selected low-carbon materials, as well as energy and water efficient systems.
The terminal is designed to handle 6 million metric tonnes of bulk cargo, 450,000 TEU of containers, and more than 50,000 RoRo units.
AD Ports Group will focus on developing the upper infrastructure, including buildings, facilities, and superstructures. The terminal is strategically positioned as the primary gateway for regional development, enhancing trade efficiency and connectivity.
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Saif Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer, Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “As a Group, we are committed to sustainable and responsible port development, particularly in the communities in which we operate, so that we can actively contribute, positively, to the local economy and environment.
“However, we understand that our commitment extends beyond infrastructure and, together with the Red Sea Port Authority, we hope to create meaningful change that drives sustainable economic growth.”
In December 2023, AD Ports formed a joint venture with Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC (Kazakhstan Railways) to boost rail connectivity, maritime services, port operations, and digital transformation in Central Asia.
More recently, AD Ports and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, a UAE renewable energy company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.