The Abu Dhabi Ports Group and China Harbor Engineering Company sign an agreement for overhead infrastructure

ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Ports Group signed a contract with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) to develop buildings and overhead infrastructure for the advanced CMA Terminals terminals at Khalifa Port, a joint venture owned by CMA CGM subsidiary CMA Terminals (with 70 per cent). ) and AD Ports Group (30 percent stake).

The agreement includes the development of the first zero-carbon office building to be constructed for the joint venture, which is being developed in line with the company’s role as an official partner of the Middle East and North Africa regional network of the World Green Building Council. The award-winning administration building, which won Net Zero Design Building Project of the Year in October, will be a highly energy efficient building that will be powered by renewables and offsets.

In addition, the agreement will see the development of 28 offices and facilities across the terminal, more than 1 million square meters of yard paving, chilled chimneys, STS cranes and access roads.

The terminal, which is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2025, will be operated by a 70/30 joint venture owned by CMA Terminals, a subsidiary of CMA CGM, a global marine, land, air and logistics solutions company, and AD Ports Group. . Once complete, the CMA’s terminals at Khalifa Port will have an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEU, will be fully integrated with Etihad Rail, and will significantly enhance Khalifa Port’s connectivity and position as a major gateway to the region.

For his part, Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO of Ports Group, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, said: “We are making positive progress in developing the Capital Markets Authority terminals at Khalifa Port, which will be one of the most modern and innovative terminals in the region when completed. Under the guidance of our wise leadership, we are incorporating the principles of Sustainability is in our construction plan, with the development of the first zero-sum office building. Our design practices support the UAE’s broader goals of building a circular economy, recycling construction and operational waste and using materials with recycled content.”

Yang Zhiyuan, CEO of CHEC’s Middle East Division, said: “We are proud to have been selected for this pioneering project, contributing to the development of one of the most advanced terminals in the region. In particular, we will ensure that the design and construction of buildings and overhead infrastructure will meet the highest standards of architecture and sustainability. ”

With less than 500 net-zero commercial buildings in the world, AD Ports Group’s first net-zero building will mark a major milestone for the company and the UAE. It will be one of the company’s first projects to use significant amounts of concrete with recycled content and save the equivalent of 38,721 metric tons of CO2 over 30 years.

David Gatward, Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer, AD Ports Group, explained: “With this project, we look forward to demonstrating that meaningful sustainability measures can be integrated into the construction process with only a small budget increase. The long-term benefits will be of building a carbon-neutral management center for power plants CMA at Khalifa Port is significant and will create the opportunity for AD Ports Group to offer green business models to future tenants across our assets.”

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