Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) says it plans to award up to AED5bn ($1.36bn) worth of construction contracts in 2010 at the Khalifa Port & Industrial Zone in Taweelah.

The contracts are related to the construction of roads, bridges, infrastructure and utilities, including electricity, water and drainage facilities, for Area A of the industrial zone, said Waleed al-Tamimi, vice-president of ports at ADPC. He was speaking at MEED’s Middle East Ports 2010 conference in Dubai on 1 February.

Phase one of Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone is due to start operations in the last quarter of 2012, adds Mohamed al-Shamisi, vice-president of ports operations at ADPC.

Phase one will have an initial capacity of 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year and 8 million tonnes of general cargo.

The five-phase project is not expected to be completed until 2030. The entire port will have total capacity of 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo once completed.

The total area of the port and industrial zone is 400 square kilometres.

Khalifa Port is designed to replace the ageing Mina Zayed as the capital’s sea-trade hub. It will have an offshore port and onshore facilities (MEED 15:7:09).