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AquaChemie picks Mott MacDonald for $40.8m Dubai chemical facility

UK firm to provide design, engineering, project management services for the project to be commissioned by mid-2021

The chemical facility will be set up in Jebel Ali Port.
Wam
The chemical facility will be set up in Jebel Ali Port.

AquaChemie Middle East has picked UK-based engineering, management, and development consultancy Mott MacDonald for a design, engineering, and project management contract for its $40.8m (AED150m) chemical terminal facility at Jebel Ali Port — operated by DP World — in Dubai.

Set to be commissioned by mid-2021, the facility will facilitate petrochemical trade across the GCC region and benefit the global petrochemicals market that is valued at $539.3bn (AED146.5tn) in general and the UAE in particular.

According to a report by UAE’s state-owned news agency, Wam, AquaChemie chose Mott Macdonald to ensure safety, sustainability, and efficiency of the project.

The chemical terminal will comprise bulk storage tanks for liquid hydrocarbons, — with a total capacity of approximately 30,000m3 — day tanks, chemical processing units, automated drumming lines, tanker loading-unloading gantry with top loading arms, covered warehousing for storage of NFPA class 1B and C chemicals, separate dry goods storage area, in addition to pump house and main hose exchange station, separate road tanker entrance with weigh bridge, 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.

AquaChemie’s chemical facility will meet high standards of safety in line with DP World EHS norms.

Speaking about the facility and its benefits to the UAE petrochemicals sector, co-founder and director of AquaChemie Middle East, V. Anandkumar, said: "The project will serve as a catalyst 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 boost the industry ecosystem of related businesses, such as construction and services during the project phase and packaging material (drums, pallets, etc.) and transportation.”

Meanwhile co-founder and director of AquaChemie, Subrato Saha said that the company plans to provide over 100 employment opportunities locally in two years and double its employees’ base by 2025.

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