Abu Dhabi awards Delma Port contract

Management deal handed to US firm Parsons in latest stage of port development

Abu Dhabi Ports Company, the master developer of ports and industrial zones, has awarded a $680,000 management contract to US firm Parsons in the latest stage of its Delma Port project.

Delma Port, about 40km off the coast of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, is a crucial transportation hub to and from the island, accommodating general cargo as well as a growing number of tourists visiting the island.

Under the project, which was approved by the executive council earlier this year, new facilities will include a 300m concrete wharf designed for heavy loads and new floating pontoons to create a marina setting for more than 280 boats.

The investment will also boost the existing facilities for local fishermen and improve the provision for water sports, as well as support ferry services and other public amenities.

Mohamed Al Shamisi, acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, said: “The development of Delma Port is one of the biggest projects in the Western Region, marking another milestone supporting and helping to develop the local communities and the establishment of sustainable businesses which will guarantee diversified economic strength, in line with Algharbia Vision 2030.”

Parsons, one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies, will act as consultants for the development.

Guy Mehula, Parsons MENA president, said it was delighted to support ADPC in “their efforts to transform Delma Port into a well-developed strategic hub”.

A recent report released by the Western Region Development Council revealed that the region was one of the most important economic and investment areas in the UAE, state media reported.

It represented 60 percent of the land area of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and contributed 45 percent of its GDP.

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