AD Ports Group partners with CHEC for infrastructure development at Khalifa Port


AD Ports Group has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the development of buildings and topside infrastructure for CMA Terminals Khalifa Port.

The agreement includes the development of the first net zero carbon administration building to be constructed for the joint venture.

The building is being developed in line with the company’s role as an official partner of World Green Building Council’s Middle East & North Africa Regional Network.

The agreement will see the development of 28 office and utilities across the terminal, more than one million square metres of yard paving, reefer stacks, STS cranes and access roads.

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The terminal, which is expected to be operational in H1 2025, will be managed by a 70/30 joint venture owned by CMA Terminals, a subsidiary of CMA CGM and AD Ports Group.

Once completed, CMA Terminals Khalifa Port will have an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEU, will be fully integrated with Etihad Rail and will significantly enhance Khalifa Port’s connectivity and position as a key gateway for the region.

Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO, Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “We are making positive progress on the development of CMA Terminals Khalifa Port, which will be one of the most modern and innovative terminals in the region upon completion.

“Under the guidance of our wise leadership, we are incorporating sustainability principles into our construction plan, with the development of our first net zero administration building. Our design practice supports the UAE’s wider targets for building the circular economy, recycling construction and operational waste and using high recycled content materials.”

Yang Zhiyuan, CEO of CHEC Middle East Division, said: “We are proud to be selected for this flagship project, contributing to the development of what will be one of the most advanced terminals in the region.

“In particular, we will ensure that the design and construction of buildings and topside infrastructure will meet the highest architectural and sustainability standards.”

CMA Terminals Khalifa is a joint venture owned by CMA CGM’s subsidiary CMA Terminals (with a 70 per cent stake) and AD Ports Group (30 per cent stake).

Earlier this AD Ports Group announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2022, posting a year-on-year (YoY) profit growth of 77 per cent.

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