Posted on July 17, 2017

The New Port Project (NPP) Steering Committee and AlJaber Engineering (JEC) on Sunday signed a contract for designing and constructing food security facilities and warehouses at Hamad Port at a cost of QR 1.6 billion.

The facilities of the project will be developed and constructed on an area of approximately 53 hectares (about 530,000 square meters). The project consists of specialized facilities for the processing, manufacturing and refining of rice, raw sugar and edible oils. These products will be available for local, regional and global use. The project also includes bulk storage silos with their associated infrastructure and conveyance equipment, in addition to the fundamental structures fully equipped for the project associated operations of handling, processing, packaging, reloading and transport.

One more feature of the project will be a specialized facility for the recycling of waste products arising from the processing of basic commodities to create regulatory compliant animal feed and food stocks. Those facilities will operate as a fully functional standalone terminal, while 500 meters of the wharf of the port will be dedicated for the berthing and discharging of the ships of this new project. As per the agreement, those food security facilities and warehouses will be built and equipped in collaboration with international consultants, observing best international practices and standards for manufacturing and quality such as German Ipro and Global Port two prestigious global companies in the field of storage and world ports design.

There will also be work with global foodstuff processing and storage companies, including Bühler; a leading global Swiss-German food industries company, German BIA; the worlds top in designing and constructing raw sugar plants, sugar packaging and storage, and C M Bernardini; leading global Italian company specialized in the design and supply of equipment and plants for oils and fats industry. On this occasion, Minister of Transport and Communications H E  Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said at a press conference held on this occasion that food security warehouses project at Hamad Port will provide a stockpile for 3 million people for two years for each commodity being processed and stored.

The Minister said Qatar over the past few years has remarkably managed to handle its strategic stockpile for food security and expanded its investment in this regard in several world countries. For his part, Mohammed Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of AlJaber Group of Companies said: "We are thankful to the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the New Port Project Steering Committee for trusting AlJaber Engineering with the design and construction of the Strategic Food Security Facilities Project." "Being a Qatari company, we are proud to have been chosen for this strategic project for the State of Qatar. AlJaber Group of Companies shall provide full support to the project team to ensure high standards of quality and delivery on time," he added.

The contract was signed by Maisar Jamil El Qutami, Project Executive Director, New Port Project, and Osama Hadid, CEO, AlJaber Engineering. The signing ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Switzerland Etienne Thevoz, Ambassador of Germany Hans-Udo Muzel and Ambassador of Italy Pasquale Salzano.

source: The Peninsula