Abu Dhabi Ports Group – Project Shamal

Abu Dhabi Ports Group (ADPG) is one of the most important contributors to trade and the economy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), providing nearly 4.6% of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP as well as supporting 92,000 and 150,000 jobs in Abu Dhabi and the UAE respectively. ADPG owns, manages and operates 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, including the flagship deep water container port, Khalifa Port (KP), and KIZAD (Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi). It is our continuous endeavor to contribute to the diversification of UAE’s economy and realize sustainable development. Our ambitious growth and expansion plans are deeply rooted in the principles of sustainability.

Project Shamal is a marine port expansion project in Khalifa port, which includes significant sustainable building and infrastructure developments. It is one of the first green port expansions in the region which incorporates unique features to reduce embodied and operational carbon emissions.

The major buildings in the port expansion will be designed to Estidama 1-Pearl standards, while the Admin building will be ADPG’s first net-positive energy building project, one of the first net-positive energy buildings in the UAE, and one of the first net zero carbon projects in the MENA region. The Admin building will also be designed to 3-Pearl Estidama standards.

With respect to infrastructure development, the ADPG team have incorporated novel sustainability measures for the terminal area and equipment including the provision of onshore power supply to significantly reduce emissions from ships at berth, and use of GGBS cement for large portions of the concrete infrastructure to be developped.