ADPC and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD) yesterday. The signing, which took place at ADPC’s HQ, was attended by Capt. Mohamed Juma Al-Shamisi, Vice President Ports Unit at ADPC, Martijn Van de Linde, Chief Executive Officer of ADT and Mr. Khalifa Al Qubaisi, General Manager of IRSHAD.
This agreement comes as a result of the combined efforts between ADPC and ADT to provide IRSHAD with an allocated land area and dedicated berths to support the construction and management of the Zakum offshore oilfield project.
Commenting on the signing, Capt. Mohamed Juma Al-Shamisi, Vice President Ports Unit at the Abu Dhabi Ports Company, said: “It gives ADPC great pleasure to facilitate and support the construction and management of one of the world’s largest offshore living structures. This agreement is an additional testament to ADPC’s role in providing its partners with the facilities required for the success of their projects and businesses.”
Martijn Van de Linde, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Terminals, stated: “We are pleased and proud to sign this agreement. Not only does it facilitate IRSHAD’s business, but it is also a testament to the continued strong cooperation between ADPC as the regulator and port authority, and ADT as the operator to create a joint value proposition that helps Abu Dhabi’s businesses grow and develop.”
Khalifa Al Qubaisi, General Manager of IRSHAD, said:
“It is an honour and privilege to be part of this new business venture with ADPC and that we IRSHAD, express our eagerness to develop the new temporary terminal at the New Free Port in Mina Zayed which is expected to be completed by June 2012 as well as providing 2 new passenger vessels that will transport up to 400 people daily to and from the Zakum field.”
Located about 84 kilometres North West of Abu Dhabi, the Zakum field is one of the largest offshore structures in the world and is the second largest field in the Gulf.
A new 1,430 m² terminal building, that will be monitored and supervised by ADT, will be equipped with the state-of-the-art passenger and baggage screening facilities and 200 cars parking along with prayer rooms, and a crew resting area.
Dredging Today Staff, January 11, 2012; Image: adpc