UAE chemical sales and services company AquaChemie Middle East has officially broken ground at its AED 150 million (€34.4 million) specialist petrochemical terminal at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai.
The terminal will cover an area of 20,000 m2 and have a total capacity of 40,000 m3, with around 35,000 m3 in bulk storage tanks and 5,000 m3 in ISO tanks and drums. It is expected to be operational by Q2 2022. AquaChemie says that it will be a turnkey, fully integrated distribution centre for the handling of bulk imports and packed chemicals at high volume. It is designed to store flammable chemicals up to NFPA Class 1B and will have nitrogen-blanketed tanks to store more than 100 chemicals of UN Class 3 hazardous classification.
The terminal is situated in a strategic location at the deepwater Jebel Ali Port, connected by four jetty pipelines and just 500 m from Jebel Ali Port Chemical Berth #4.
Subrato Saha, co-founder and director of AquaChemie Middle East says that the terminal will be a ‘one-stop solution’ for companies sourcing raw material and process chemicals. He expects it to serve, amongst others, oil and gas downstream, fine chemicals, fertiliser plants, paints and coatings, pharma, agrochemicals, and textiles firms.
The developers believe that the terminal will serve as a gateway to increase petrochemical trade between manufacturers and end users in the Middle East and globally, as well as addressing a shortage of bulk chemical storage at Jebel Ali Port. AquaChemie is targeting revenues of US$400 million (€336.6 million) in the next seven years.
The groundbreaking ceremony on 23 November 2020 was attended by a number of directors and officials from AquaChemie Middle East and DP World, which owns Jebel Ali Port, including Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director, DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, Abdulla Bin Damithan, chief commercial officer, DP World, UAE Region and Ahmad Al Haddad, chief operating officer, parks and zones, DP World, UAE Region.
‘Being associated with the petrochemicals industry for over three decades, I am excited to soon play a direct role in the distribution of additional 100,000-150,000 tpa of over 50 petrochemicals globally. This new petrochemical facility will make us a sizeable industry player, responsibly focused on quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE),’ says Saha
Global engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald will carry out the design, engineering and project management of the site.
AquaChemie first announced its initial plans for the terminal in December 2019.