ADPC tendering core utilities contracts for KPIZ

Bidding for utilities infrastructure work in industrial zone underway.

The KPIZ will be populated with industry by 2012, hopes the ADPC.
The KPIZ will be populated with industry by 2012, hopes the ADPC.

The Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), in charge of constructing the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, is in the process of procuring key utilities infrastructure contracts for the first part of the industrial zone.

Area A, which stretches over 51 square kilometers adjacent of the port complex, will be divided into three packages, to be awarded separately. The packages include all core infrastructure work, ranging from roadwork, sewage systems to sea water cooling.

“We are now procuring the contracts for the primary road, infrastructure and utilities,” said Jurjen Groen, ADPC project manager of the industrial zone . “We have divided the area into three parts. The contracts will be general contracts with all the works involved.”

“We are still going through the bidding stage so we cannot say anything about the costs of the contracts. This will be announced in the next few months,” added Groens.


The company has committed a total of 26.5 billion dirhams to Phase A of the project, which encompasses the construction of the first phase of the harbour, and Area A, the first part of the industrial zone. Of this, around 13 billion dirhams will be spent on the construction of the port, located on an island 4.5 kilometers from the mainland. Phase A is scheduled for completion by September 2012.

The requirements for the power distribution network in the industrial zone has not been decided and will be determined by the degree to which the zone will be occupied by industry.

“The final numbers of substations are part of the final masterplan, which is being put together at the moment by the business unit. We hope to know more in the next few months,” said Groens.

The ADPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with utilities providers, stipulating that once Phase A has been completed, the company will sell off the infrastructure to the providers. It will be left to them to operate the systems, and to sign agreements with the tenant customers.

The proceeds from the sales will be used to reimburse the Abu Dhabi government for its initial outlay.

Whereas the power, water and wastewater distribution and transmission systems will be bought by the relevant providers, such as Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) subsidiary Transco, or the Abu Dhabi Sewage Company, no operator has been found for the seawater cooling system.

The seawater cooling system is already operational, supplying the aluminum smelter owned Emirates Aluminum (Emal), the first industrial complex in operation. The system currently supplies 60.000 cubic meters of water to the smelter.

The initial development of the harbour and the industrial zone is part of a much more ambitious vision that coulsd see the KPIZ mushroom to a total size of 420 square kilometer, and harbour capacity expand from two million to 15 million TEU by 2030.



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