DP World to invest in new terminal in Pakistan
- United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, August 22 - 2006 at 16:49
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DP World signed an agreement with the Port Qasim Authority late last week to invest in a new container terminal at Port Muhammad Qasim near Karachi on a Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis.
The development of the new terminal will be undertaken in three phases and on completion it the combined capacity of the two container terminals will be two million teus per annum. The plans include a new 711m quay wall, built from reclaimed land. This will be the first greenfield project of this sort in Pakistan built without financial contribution from the Government or Port Authority.
On completion of the three phases, the total area of the development will be 25 hectares. The Port Authority has also committed to widening and dredging the channel to provide an additional three meters draft (14m versus the current 11m).
Phase One commercial operations are expected to commence in the last quarter of 2009.
The agreement was signed by DP World CEO, Mohammed Sharaf and Port Qasim Authority Chairman, Vice-Admiral M. Asad Quresh. The ceremony was held in Islamabad in the presence of Pakistan's Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz and the Minister for Ports and Shipping, Babar Khan Ghauri.
DP World is also in discussions with the Pakistan Government about the development of a large container terminal and industrial zone at Gwadar in Balochistan.
Mohammed Sharaf, DP World CEO commented,
"Pakistan is at the crossroads of global trade between the fast-growing areas of South and Central Asia and the Middle East. As such, we believe it has significant potential for development. Our discussions with the Pakistan government have been very open and productive and we look forward to being able to progress work at Port Qasim and development of Gwadar in the near future."
Ganesh Raj, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Subcontinent at DP World said, "We have experienced very positive growth at our existing facilities at Port Qasim and it is clear that there is a real opportunity to extend the services available to our customers, both those based in the region and those looking at the area for transhipment. We are therefore very pleased to be able to increase further our investment in the infrastructure and development of the port here."
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