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Amana to construct $20m logistics terminal in Qatar

Khaleej Times

The Dubai-based Amana Contracting & Steel Building Co has been awarded a $20 million contract from Vos Logistics, to design and build a logistic terminal in Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC) in Qatar.

Present in Doha for more than 10 years, Amana is a leading provider of design build construction solutions to the industrial sector. This contract is one of several major projects secured by Amana in Qatar this year. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Riad Bsaibes, Chief Operating Officer of Amana said, "The project is the first of its kind in the region to produce plastic granules mostly for the domestic and export market. We are involved in the construction of this facility in Qatar."

The complex sits on an area of approximately 100,000 square metres and will be constructed on a design-build basis in 20 months, commencing from January 2007, using over 1,000 tonnes of steel. The logistics platform is planned to be operational by 2008. The area includes a 56,000 sq m covered warehouse, 14,500 cubic metre silo storage, two fully automatic and mobile packaging lines, 20 loading docks and container storage and transshipment facility with a capacity of 1000 teu. The $1.2-billion Qatofin project is to produce Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) at MIC. The project is a joint venture between Qatar Petrochemical Company (63 per cent), Total Petrochemicals of France (36 per cent) and Qatar Petroleum (1 per cent) and is anticipated to make Qatar a world leader in the polyethylene industry with the construction of a unit to produce 450,000 metric tonnes per year (MTPA) of LLDPE at facilities adjacent to Qapco's plant at MIC.

The LLDPE will be marketed and distributed by Qapco and Total Petrochemicals France. Qapco will also operate the Qatofin plant and the ethylene storage and export facilities while Vos Logistics, a leading European logistics service provider will facilitate the petrochemical industry. The Netherlands-based company was awarded the contract by Qatofin to build and operate a high tech logistics platform in May 2006. The platform, currently one of the largest in the Middle East, will be located adjacent to the Arabian Gulf and is directly connected to the production facilities in Qatofin. The terminal will be designed and constructed by Amana to facilitate storage and handling of Qatofin's LLDFE granules.

Marc Van Alphen, Managing Director Silo Logistics & Projects at Vos Logistics, said, "We partnered with Amana as they could not only deliver the quality and services for this particular project, but they were also able to provide turnkey solutions elsewhere around the region in line with our expansion plans for the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman."



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