Saudi group Arabian Chemical Terminals (ACT) has awarded the contract for front end engineering and design (FEED) and project management consultancy (PMC) for its new bulk liquid storage terminal in Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi to Bilfinger Tebodin Middle East.
Bilfinger Tebodin Middle East is a subsidiary of German engineering corporation Bilfinger. ACT, established in 1985, was one of the first companies in the region to handle and distribute bulk liquid products and serves some of the world’s largest oil and gas firms. Its new deepwater Khalifa Port terminal is the first greenfield commercial bulk liquid storage terminal in Abu Dhabi, and was announced in March 2020 after the company signed a strategic agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports.
The terminal will be built on a 50,000 m2 plot with access to a 16 m deepwater quay. The first phase, comprising 44 storage tanks from 1,250 tonnes to 3,000 tonnes in capacity is scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2022. Work on the second phase of the terminal will begin following the development of the surrounding area, and ACT says it will consist of a number of larger storage tanks and spheres. The agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports includes an option on an additional 150,000 m2 of land.
Albert Vollema, the project director of Bilfinger Tebodin Middle East, says: ‘The greenfield project is considered to be strategic for ACT as well as Khalifa Port and wider region including Kizad and ZonesCorp since this will enhance the capabilities in handling and distribution of liquid bulk products and gases. The project will benefit existing customers and attract new customers in the region seeking liquid bulk storage and distribution and we, at Bilfinger Tebodin Middle East, are excited to be part of this.’