Work has begun on the AquaChemie project in Jebel Ali. It will take 16-18 months to complete, and will create a 40,000 cubic metre storage hub, of which 35,000 cubic metres will be in bulk storage tanks and another 5,000 cubic metres will be in ISO tanks and drums.

Once complete, the facility will serve as a “gateway” for the petrochemical trade between manufacturers and end-users in the Middle East and outside. The promoters also expect to plug the “acute” shortage of storage facilities for redistribution and lease for bulk chemicals in Jebel Ali Port.

Subrato Saha, co-founder and director of AquaChemie Middle East, said: “I am excited to play a direct role in the distribution of an additional 100-150 KTA (kilo tonnes per annum) of over 50 petrochemicals globally. This new petrochemical facility will make us a sizeable industry player.”

The 20,000 square metre project is connected by four jetty pipelines  and located only 500 metres from Jebel Ali Port Chemical Berth #4. Saha said: “The deep-water port is the flagship facility of DP World.”

Mott MacDonald is overseeing the concept design, basic engineering, detailed engineering and PMC (project management contract).

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24th November 2020