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Grain storage and processing for Khalifa

Abu Dhabi Ports has inked a 50-year land lease agreement with Anchorage Investment for the development of grain storage and processing plants at Khalifa Port.

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Signing of the 50-year lease with Abu Dhabi Ports
Signing of the 50-year lease with Abu Dhabi Ports

The facilities will be managed by National Feed, one of the largest Agro commodity processors in Abu Dhabi. Set to be developed on a 100,000 sq metre plot, and with an initial design capacity of 300,000t, the facility will introduce grain storage and processing capabilities to the multipurpose port for the production of key food and animal feed ingredients.


With the aim of providing Abu Dhabi Ports’ customers with direct access to competitive food ingredients, the facility will utilise grain resources to convert wheat into flour for baked goods, corn into starch and glucose, barley, corn and wheat by-products into animal feed.


Saif Al Mazrouei, head of Ports Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “It is a great honour and privilege that Khalifa Port has been selected to serve as the future home for National Feed’s grain storage and processing facilities.


“Furthering the capabilities of our multipurpose port and bolstering our ongoing activities within the region’s food supply chain, the operation will introduce several key advantages for the benefit of new and existing manufacturing customers. Our clients will be able to source ready-made, competitive products quickly.”


Following the official handover of the land plot in the first quarter of 2021, the new project will house several grain silos capable of storing grain for an extended period, providing Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE with a long-term storage solution contributing to national food security.


Edward Hamod, general manager of National Feed, said: “We are extremely proud to be part of one of the most important ports in the region and the world. Having direct access to superior logistical capabilities not only enhances our service delivery, but also allows us to expand our contribution to the national food security ecosystem.


“A robust logistical offering can play a fundamental role in the accessibility and cost structure of food commodity supply chains.


“With its deep-water capabilities, a strategic geographical location, and access to an extensive road and future rail network, Khalifa Port will unlock new opportunities for National Feed, not only increasing our grain storage and industrial capacities, but also enhancing the movement of products, which will be instrumental to the abundance and competitiveness of food and feed strategic commodities in the UAE.”


Following the completion of the new facility, Abu Dhabi Ports said it will leverage the capabilities of the new food storage and processing plant to extend its food supply chain activities within the region. In addition to expanding Khalifa Port’s role beyond handling food containers and livestock, the new facility is intended to support the operations of world-leading food production brands that have established themselves in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).


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