Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) in Abu Dhabi will be one of the world’s largest combined port and industrial zone developments when it opens in late 2012. It is set to support Abu Dhabi’s vision of sustainable economic growth in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
When open, the flagship Khalifa Port will be one of the most modern ports in the world. It is equipped to handle an initial capacity of two million TEU containers and 12 million metric tons of general cargo annually. It is the only automated facility of its kind in the region for 3,000 miles in any direction. The port was designed to accommodate the largest ships currently at sea and those planned for the future. By 2030, capacity can rise to 15 million TEU containers and 35 million tonnes (38,6 million tons) of general cargo a year if future phases are required.
The port island, which includes the terminal complex is 2.7 sq kms (1.05 square miles) and is situated some 5 km (3.12 miles) offshore. It is joined to the onshore by the north and south causeways and the 1km-long road and utility bridge. The port’s container yard will feature six ship-to-shore quay cranes, 30 automated stacking cranes, and 20 shuttle carriers. The onshore port area, which connects the port with Kizad, will host customs, immigration, container freight, inspection, and security facilities.
The port’s strategic geographic location will offer Kizad’s tenants unprecedented access to global markets. Kizad will have a wider impact, at 417 sq kms, (161 square miles), on the industrial, manufacturing, and logistics networks for the UAE and the region as a whole. The industrial zone already includes the aluminium (Emal) smelter─the largest of its kind in the world─and will be home to numerous industrial process facilities across a range of other sectors from steel and glass to pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals.
While the port is built on reclaimed land, the industrial zone straddles the region’s largest highway and part of its ground level was raised by more than the height of a person through the delivery of nearly 400,000 cubic metres (523,180 cubic yards) of sand and other material. The project fleet for the landfill alone peaked at more than 400 22-wheel trailers, 120 bulldozers, 60 wheel loaders, 25 rollers, 25 graders, and 40 water tankers.
ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company) has received a series of prestigious industry awards for the project and its commitment to the environment, most notably for the construction of an environmental breakwater to protect the Ras Ghanada coral reef which, at eight kilometres in length, is the largest reef in the UAE, at a cost of US$ 240 million.
Bechtel has provided program management services to the project since 2006. With a vision to create a first-class port and industrial zone, ADPC presented Bechtel with the task to manage and coordinate master planning, design, and construction.