Construction is underway on GAC Qatar’s new 27,000m² multi-user contract logistics facility after a groundbreaking ceremony in the Ras Bufontas Free Zone. It follows the signing of an agreement between GAC and Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) in February this year.
The facility, which is expected to be completed by early 2022, will be built from sustainable materials and partly fuelled by solar power. It will also have several energy-saving features and will use recycled water in its operations.
Speaking at the ceremony, GAC Group Executive Chairman, Björn Engblom, said Ras Bufontas Free Zone was a natural choice for the group’s expansion in the region. He commented: “Its strategic location and excellent connectivity to the Hamad International Airport and the Hamad port puts us right at the heart of all the trade activities. This facility will be a boost to our capabilities and will allow us to better serve the growing and increasingly complex logistics and supply chain needs of our customers.”
Prospects for the local logistics sector are rated highly by the company. Daniel Nordberg, General Manager of GAC Qatar, added: “Qatar’s logistics sector is a billion-dollar market for industry players to tap into. From servicing the local market to providing regional and transshipment services, we are well positioned to meet the freight, contract logistics and cold chain needs of diverse sectors with this new facility and the resources and expertise that we already have in our stable. The demand for our integrated solutions is expected to be bolstered by the North Field expansion project and the global soccer event in 2022, so we can look forward to exciting times ahead.”