AD Ports Group has inked a development agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) on topside infrastructure and buildings for CMA Terminals Khalifa Port in the UAE.
CMA Terminals Khalifa Port is joint venture owned by CMA CGM’s subsidiary CMA Terminals with a 70% stake and AD Ports Group with 30% interest.
This contract features the development of the first net zero carbon administration building to be built for the joint venture.
This building will be developed in-line with AD Ports Group as an official partner of World Green Building Council’s Middle East & North Africa Regional Network.
The administration building will serve as an energy efficient building powered from renewable energy sources.
It will be one of AD Ports Group’s first projects to use huge amounts of concrete with recycled content and cut down 38,721 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide over three decades.
Furthermore, the agreement will lead to the development of 28 office and utilities across the terminal, over one million square metres of yard paving, reefer stacks, STS cranes and access roads.
The terminal is expected to become operational in first half of 2025.
It will be managed by the joint venture owned by CMA Terminals and AD Ports Group.
Following completion, CMA Terminals Khalifa Port will have an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEUs.
It will be completely integrated with Etihad Rail and boost Khalifa Port’s connectivity and place it as an important gateway for the region.
AD Ports Group CEO of Ports Cluster Saif Al Mazrouei 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.”
CHEC Middle East Division CEO Yang Zhiyuan 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.”
Image: Officials after signing the agreement. Credit: AD Ports Group.