AD Ports Group seals topside infrastructure deal with China’s CHEC

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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AD Ports Group signs topside infrastructure deal
Officials from AD Ports Group and CHEC.

AD Ports Group, the leading facilitator of global trade, logistics, and industry, has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the development of buildings and topside infrastructure for the cutting-edge CMA Terminals Khalifa Port.

The agreement will see the development of 28 offices and utilities across the terminal, more than one million square meters of yard paving, reefer stacks, STS cranes, and access roads.

The Group said that “the agreement includes the development of the first net zero carbon administration building to be constructed for the joint venture, which is being developed in line with the company’s role as an official partner of World Green Building Council’s Middle East & North Africa Regional Network.”

The award-winning administration building, which won the Net Zero Design Building Project of the Year in October, will be a highly energy-efficient building that is powered from renewable energy sources and offsets.

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Saif Al Mazrouei
CEO – Ports Cluster
AD Ports Group

“We are making positive progress on the development of CMA Terminals Khalifa Port, which will be one of the most modern and innovative terminals in the region upon completion. Under the guidance of our wise leadership, we are incorporating sustainability principles into our construction plan, with the development of our first net zero administration building. Our design practice supports the UAE’s wider targets for building the circular economy, recycling construction, and operational waste, and using high recycled content materials.”

The terminal, which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2025, will be managed by the joint venture owned by CMA Terminals, a subsidiary of CMA CGM, and AD Ports Group.

Once completed, CMA Terminals Khalifa Port will have an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEUs. Further, it will be fully integrated with Etihad Rail and will significantly enhance Khalifa Port’s connectivity and position as a key gateway for the region.

Mr. Yang Zhiyuan, CEO of the CHEC Middle East Division, said that, “We are proud to be selected for this flagship project, contributing to the development of what will be one of the most advanced terminals in the region. In particular, we will ensure that the design and construction of buildings and topside infrastructure will meet the highest architectural and sustainability standards.”

“With this project, we are looking to demonstrate that meaningful sustainability measures can be incorporated into the construction process with only a negligible increase in the budget. The long-term benefits of building the net zero carbon administration center for CMA Terminals Khalifa Port will be significant and will create the opportunity for AD Ports Group to offer green business models for future tenants across our assets,” commented Mr. David Gatward, Chief Engineering & Technical Services Officer at AD Ports Group.

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