On October 10, 2012, Khalifa Port received the first shipment of polyethylene for export to Borouge’s customers in Asia. The newly inaugurated Port received more than 700 containers of polyethylene by the vessel “Al Bazm II” coming from Ruwais. Previously, Borouge was using Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed to export its products to customers globally, but now the Khalifa Port located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be the major hub for these exports.
Upon the arrival at the Khalifa Port, the containers were unloaded immediately from the “Al Bazm II” vessel and moved into storage at the Khalifa Port Container Terminal by the Middle East’s only semi-automated port cranes.
“The new terminal at Khalifa Port provides Borouge with an efficient and cost-effective distribution point for its broad range of innovative plastics solutions manufactured at Ruwais,” said Wim Roels CEO of Borouge’s Marketing & Sales Company, who received Borouge’s first vessel from Ruwais at the Khalifa Port. “Routing our polyethylene and polypropylene products through the new Khalifa Port enables us to better serve our customers throughout Asia and beyond, and we look forward to Khalifa Port's contribution to the successful growth of Borouge in the international plastics industry.”
Borouge currently manufactures 2 million tonnes of polyolefins at its plant in Ruwais and is expanding the plant's capacity to 4.5 million tonnes by mid-2014. As such, the new Port will play a very important strategic role in ensuring that we can handle these increased volumes efficiently.
Khalifa Port is Abu Dhabi’s new logistics hub that started operation in September 2012. With a capacity to handle 15 million TEUs (TEU is an industry norm for twenty foot equivalent units) and 35 million tonnes of general cargo annually, Khalifa Port aims to be one of the world’s largest ports by 2030.
Wim Roels CEO of Borouge’s Marketing & Sales Company in a group photo with Salmeen Obaid Suwaid AL Ameri, Commercial Director Container Business at Khalifa Port, along with Borouge’s supply chain management team upon the reception of Borouge’s shipment at the Port.
Cargo handling terminal at Khalifa Port