AquaChemie Middle East, a regional chemical distributor with an extensive supply chain network and manufacturing base across the GCC region, is poised to build a new chemical terminal facility at Jebel Ali port in the UAE. Estimated to cost AED 150 million (US$ 40 million), the facility is designed to serve as a strategic hub that will enable and facilitate petrochemical trade activity across the GCC region.
AquaChemie Middle East has signed up Mott MacDonald, the global engineering, management and development consultancy, to carry out the design, engineering and project management work for the chemical terminal, which is scheduled to be commissioned by mid-2021.
The new chemical terminal will feature various jetty pipelines, bulk storage tanks for liquid hydrocarbons, with approximately 30,000m3 total capacity, along with day tanks, chemical processing units, automated drumming lines, a tanker loading and unloading gantry with top loading arms and covered warehousing for chemicals storage. There will also be a separate road tanker entrance with a weighbridge, a loading and unloading ramp for forklift operations, an office block with a control room, dedicated road tankers and a large trailer truck fleet, as well as a well-equipped firefighting unit.
V. Anandkumar, co-founder and director of AquaChemie Middle East, suggests that,“The project will serve as a catalyst to boost the petrochemical trade between manufacturers in the region and end-users anywhere in the globe. 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 new facility is further expected to be a regional hub for global traders, allowing them to ship both economically in bulk while also distributing in smaller packaging, AquaChemie Middle East adds.