Dubai-based energy logistics firm Tristar has begun construction work on 10 new tanks at its chemical terminal in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) in Dubai, UAE.
The 21,000 m2 site currently has nine aboveground storage tanks with a capacity of 5,505 m3 to store industrial chemicals and solvents. The expansion work will see the capacity rise to 25,000 m3. The project to build the new tanks began in April 2020 and Tristar announced the groundbreaking on 26 July 2020. Work is expected to be completed by May 2021.
Tristar signed the deal to buy the JAFZA chemical terminal from Shell in July 2018, and took over the site in 2019. Under the terms of the agreement, Shell will remain a customer. Tristar announced its expansion and modernisation plan at the time.
‘We are pleased to announce the commencement of our expansion and modernisation programme for the JAFZA chemical terminal. When we acquired the facility in 2019, we invested in the UAE’s vision and its position as a significant logistics hub. The upgraded facility will be a turnkey and fully integrated distribution centre that has the ability to handle bulk imports and packed chemical products at high volumes,’ says Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne.
The modernisation plans also include a second loading gantry for four road tankers, a drumming line for flammable liquid, a weigh bridge and an office building with a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control room.