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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - AquaChemie Middle East, a regional chemical distributor, is poised to build a state-of-the-art chemical terminal facility at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, which is estimated to cost Dh150 million.
The facility will serve as a strategic gateway hub to enable and facilitate vital petrochemical trade across the GCC region and beyond. The new facility will benefit the global petrochemicals market valued at Dh146.5 trillion in general and the UAE in particular. AquaChemie Middle East has signed on Mott MacDonald - a renowned global engineering, management and development consultancy - for the design, engineering and project management of the chemical terminal, scheduled to be commissioned by mid-2021. The new chemical terminal will leverage its prime site location at Jebel Ali Port operated by DP World, including multiple jetty pipelines, along with other crucial existing utility and building support infrastructure.
In its entirety, the new chemical terminal will also comprise bulk storage tanks for liquid hydrocarbons along with day tanks, chemical processing units, automated drumming lines, tanker loading-unloading gantry with top loading arms, covered warehousing for storage of NFPA class 1B and C chemicals, separate dry goods storage area, pump house and main hose exchange station, separate road tanker entrance with weigh bridge, loading and unloading ramp for forklift operation, office block with control room, dedicated road tankers and large trailer truck fleet, and a fully-equipped firefighting unit. Core to the new project will be extremely high standards of safety - meeting stringent DP World EHS norms - and international guidelines brought in by Mott MacDonald.
V. Anandkumar, co-founder and director of AquaChemie Middle East, said: "The project will serve as a catalyst to boost petrochemical trade between manufacturers in the region and end-users anywhere in the globe. In addition to serving as a sales channel, the project will also allow regional petrochemical majors to market their various product lines in drums or intermediate bulk containers for distribution to the tertiary chemical industry. The project will also serve as a regional hub for other global trading partners to ship economically, in bulk and distribute in smaller packaging, while AquaChemie Middle East will take stock position based on attractive spot deals to meet spread-out demand of the market. The project will also boost the industry ecosystem of related businesses, such as construction and services during the project phase and packaging material and transportation."
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