Tristar Group, a global integrated energy logistics company, recently began construction of 10 new storage tanks at its chemical terminal in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) taken over from Shell in 2019.
Jafza is located at the far western end of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), near Abu Dhabi.
The construction of the storage tanks, part of an agreement signed with Shell and Jafza in 2018, will see the storage capacity of the Jafza chemical terminal increase from 194,407 cubic feet to 882,867 cubic feet, Tristar said.
Under the terms of the agreement, Shell will remain a customer.
“We are pleased to announce the commencement of our expansion and modernization program for the JAFZA chemical terminal,” said Eugene Mayne, group CEO of Tristar. “When we acquired the facility in 2019, we invested in the UAE’s vision and its position as a significant logistics hub. The upgraded facility will be a turnkey and fully integrated distribution center that has the ability to handle bulk imports and packed chemical products at high volumes.”
Construction of the tanks commenced in April and is expected to be completed in May, 2021, creating new jobs and contributing to the country’s COVID-19 recovery.
Other upgrades planned for the Jafza chemical terminal include second loading gantry that can accommodate four road tankers at one time, a 100-ton capacity weigh bridge and a two-story office building with a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control room.
The terminal currently has nine above ground storage tanks, a jetty with three pipeline connections to the tanks, a truck loading gantry and a drumming facility.