Dubai firm to set up US$40mn chemical terminal at Jebel Ali Port

Proposed Chemical Storage facilityAquaChemie Middle East, a regional chemical distributor with a supply chain network and manufacturing base across the GCC region, has announced plans to build a US$40mn chemical terminal facility at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE

AquaChemie Middle East has signed an agreement with consultancy company Mott MacDonald for the design, engineering and project management of the chemical terminal to be commissioned by mid-2021.

The new chemical terminal will leverage its prime location at Jebel Ali Port operated by DP World, including multiple jet pipelines, along with other critical existing utility and building support infrastructure.

According to the company, the new chemical terminal will have a bulk storage tank for liquid hydrocarbons with a total capacity of approximately 30,000 cubic metres along with day tanks, chemical processing units and automated drum lines.

It will also include tanker loading-unloading gantry with top loading arms, covered warehousing for storage of NFPA class 1B and C chemicals, separate dry goods storage area, pump house and main hose exchange station, separate road tanker entrance with weighbridge, loading and unloading ramp for forklift operation, office block with control room, dedicated road tankers and large trailer truck fleet, and a fully-equipped firefighting unit.

V. Anandkumar, co-founder and director of AquaChemie Middle East, said, “The project will catalyse to boost petrochemical trade between manufacturers in the region and end-users anywhere in the globe. In addition to serving as a sales channel, 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 project will also serve as a regional hub for other global trading partners to ship economically, in bulk and distribute in smaller packaging,” he added.

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