The Khalifa Port expansion, announced in December 2019, is on track and phase one is set to be operational by the first quarter of 2021 according to Abu Dhabi Ports.
The expansion aims to attract new business and significantly boost capacity in line with evolving customer expectations and has progressed significantly since its inception despite the challenging economic conditions presented by the global pandemic, Abu Dhabi Ports said in a statement.
The project will provide additional deep-water access and enhanced infrastructure to the port which will enable increased handling volumes.
To date, 200 metres of quay wall and almost 175,000 sqm of land within Khalifa Port Logistics (KPL) have been handed over ahead of the project’s full phase one completion in Q1 2021.
At the same time, considerable progress has also been made on the first phase of Khalifa Port’s South Quay development that is slated for completion by Q4 2020. With 80% of construction already complete, a total of 650m of quay wall, containing two berths alongside 37,000 sqm 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 cranes. With each unit boasting 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 5 million TEUs by the end of the 2020.
The addition of land plots with adjacent quay wall and deep-water access at Khalifa Port provides a host of new customer opportunities, the company said, particularly for industrial producers requiring prime land plots in proximity to Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (KIZAD) and cargo owners that wish to import, export and trans-ship with global markets via Khalifa Port’s multimodal touchpoints.