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Company (ADPC) was established to develop, own and manage all ports in the emirate. Also in 2006, Abu Dhabi Terminals, a new port operating company was created to operate Mina Zayed and coordinate the management services agreement with DP World.
However, by 2010 Mina Zayed’s central role is set to change when Khalifa Port at Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) in Taweelah, halfway between the two cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, will take over as the emirate’s primary port. Bechtel Company Ltd (IBCLTD) was appointed in 2006 to act as programme managers and work is progressing smoothly on the new development.
The plans not only include the construction of a world-scale industrial and container port with a capacity to handle 2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in its first phase, it also encompasses the development of over 100 square kilometres of industrial, logistics, commercial, educational and residential zones. The Khalifa Industrial Zone will house Mubadala and Dubal’s aluminum smelter with a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per year, among an initial group of heavy, medium and light anchor tenants.
DP World's new container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, which became operational in the third quarter of 2007, will be fully completed in 2008.
In June 2007, DP World entered into an agreement with ADPC to manage Khalifa Port. The agreement includes a contract for DP World's sister company Economic Zones World (EZW), one of the largest developers and operators of free zones in the world, to operate an initial 25-square-kilometre trade and logistics free zone within the larger industrial zone.
Jebel Ali Port, DP World-UAE's flagship terminal in Dubai and the eight largest port in the world in terms of throughput, was awarded the title of 'Best Seaport – Middle East' for the thirteenth consecutive year at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) 2007.
DP World's new container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, which became operational in the third quarter of 2007, will be fully completed in 2008. This Dh5.5 billion (US$1.5 billion) first phase increased the port's container handling capacity from 9 million TEUs to 15 million in 2008. When finished, Jebel Ali will have an additional 2500 metres of quay length with a draft of 17 metres and will be able to accommodate the world's largest container vessels.
DP World-UAE handled 8.92 million TEUs in 2006 compared with 7.62 million units handled in the previous year, a 17 per cent