Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port to have grain storage and processing hub

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi Ports is all set to build grain storage and processing plant at Khalifa Port which will be managed by one of the largest Agro commodity processors in the emirate, National Feed. 

The body has entered into a 50-year land lease agreement with Anchorage Investment to develop a 100,000-sqm plot which will have an initial capacity of 300,000 metric tonnes. With the facility, Khalifa Port will add grain storage and processing capabilities towards the production of key food and animal feed ingredients.

Abu Dhabi Ports’ customers will eventually have direct access to competitive food ingredients and the facility which will utilize grain resources to convert wheat into flour for baked goods, corn into starch and glucose, barley, corn, and wheat by-products into animal feed.

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Mr. Saif Al Mazrouei
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Abu Dhabi Ports

“It is a great honor and privilege that Khalifa Port has been selected to serve as the future home for National Feed’s grain storage and processing facilities.

“Furthering the capabilities of our multi-purpose port and bolstering our ongoing activities within the region’s food supply chain, the operation will introduce several key advantages for the benefit of new and existing manufacturing customers. Our clients will be able to source ready-made, competitive products quickly.”

Once the land plot is officially handed over in the first quarter of 2021, the new project will be capable of storing numerous grain silos that can keep commodities intact for extended periods of time, providing Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE with a long-term storage solution contributing to national food security.

Mr. Edward Hamod, General Manager, National Feed, said, “We are extremely proud to be part of one of the most important ports in the region and the world. Having direct access to superior logistical capabilities not only enhances our service delivery but also allows us to expand our contribution to the national food security ecosystem.

“A robust logistical offering can play a fundamental role in the accessibility and cost structure of food commodity supply chains. With its deep-water capabilities, a strategic geographical location, and access to an extensive road and future rail network, Khalifa Port will unlock new opportunities for National Feed,” Mr. Hamod added

“Not only increasing our grain storage and industrial capacities but also enhancing the movement of products, which will be instrumental to the abundance and competitiveness of food and feed strategic commodities in the UAE,” the National Feed GM pointed out.