Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port received the first shipment of polyethylene for export from Borouge, a leading provider of innovative plastics solutions.
The Port received more than 700 containers of polyethylene from the vessel “Al Bazm II”, which had travelled from Borouge’s petrochemicals plant in Ruwais, 250 kilometres west of the capital. Previously, Borouge was using Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed to export its products to customers globally.
Abu Dhabi Terminals announced last week that 30 per cent of Mina Zayed’s container traffic movements have already been moved to the new port-two months ahead of schedule.
Upon the arrival at the Khalifa Port, containers from the vessel have been unloaded immediately and moved into storage at the Khalifa Port Container Terminal by the Middle East’s only semi-automated port cranes. The containers will be later exported to Borouge’s customers around the globe.
“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.
Borouge manufactures two million tonnes of Polyolefins at its plant in Ruwais and is currently expanding the plant’s capacity to 4.5 million tonnes by mid-2014.
Khalifa Port is Abu Dhabi’s new logistics hub with the capacity to accommodate Mina Zayed’s traffic, as well as the cargo traffic that will be generated by Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).