Tristar to build new $26m chemical warehouse in Jafza
UAE-based logistics provider Tristar announced on Tuesday it is building a chemical warehouse and bagging plant worth $26m (AED75m) in Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA).
Being the first silo and bagging facility of its kind in JAFZA, Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne broke ground with Skeberis Plastics MD Reinhard Fischer and Jafza officials led by Group CFO Asim Al AbJAbasi.
The 350,000 square foot chemical warehouse is a joint project between Tristar and Skeberis Plastics, which is headquartered in Greece and Belgium with regional headquarters in the UAE.
The facility is designed to handle a throughput of 250,000 tonnes of bulk material of plastic granules per annum with silos and a racking capacity of more than 15,000 pallet positions for packed chemical and plastic granules products.
In a statement, Tristar said green building technology and best in class safety features are to be built into the design to ensure safe handling and storage of various types of liquid and solid chemicals.
Once fully operational in mid-2016, it will cater to the needs for polymers and liquid logistics will offer better time to market delivery because of the location's direct access to Jebel Ali Port and Maktoum International Airport, and in the future to Etihad Railways.
Skeberis will provide technical support for the management and day to day operation of the bagging operations.
"Jafza was our first choice location due to flexibility in the logistics chain with transportation and freight readily available and because of the ability to leverage this multiplatform logistics facility to support our company's other logistics service offerings. Our core expertise lies in handling. hydrocarbons, lubricants, chemicals and liquid gases," commented Mayne.
"The facility is designed to offer advanced bagging solutions for Polyethylene and Polypropylene granules that are produced regionally by both national and international manufacturers."
With a growing demand for chemical warehousing and logistics internationally, the UAE is attracting a significant number of logistics companies, including chemical storage and transport, due to its geographical connectivity to the world by air and sea.