ABU DHABI, 24th January, 2022 (WAM) — Aligned with national efforts aimed at driving the growth of the UAE’s energy sector, AD Ports Group has signed a new agreement with Eni Abu Dhabi B.V., the Abu Dhabi-based branch of the world-renowned Italian Integrated Energy Company, to establish a marine logistics base at Mugharraq Port supporting offshore drilling operations in the heart of Al Dhafra region.
Mugharraq Port’s ultra-modern infrastructure and its strategic location close to the region’s offshore oil and gas facilities will be made available to Eni Abu Dhabi operations.
In addition to being provided a dedicated quay wall, marshalling yard, as well as manpower and logistical equipment, the company will also have access to liquid mud and bulk plant facilities onsite.
Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said, “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Eni Abu Dhabi, a major player in the world’s energy industry, who leads several offshore operations around the world, to join our flourishing industrial maritime community within the Al Dhafra region.
“Utilising the industry-leading infrastructure and service capability that we have on offer at Mugharraq Port, Eni will be able to operate in proximity to its offshore drilling facilities benefiting operational efficiency.”
Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Port Director – Al Dhafra Region, AD Ports Group, said, “Mugharraq Port has a rich history as a leading maritime facility in Al Dhafra region that has long supported a wide-range of offshore, general cargo, bulk and break-bulk, and commercial logistics operations.
“With enhanced capabilities to serve the GCC’s oil and gas market, as well as the recent recognition as an international port facility, Mugharraq Port is now well equipped to meet both the regional and global requirements of the Middle East’s leading energy players.”
A high-performing commercial maritime facility, Mugharraq Port has undergone extensive modernisation in recent years with AD Ports Group investing heavily in the development of the port’s logistical infrastructure and capabilities, as well as enhancing its capacity to meet the evolving needs of the region’s fast-developing offshore oil and gas segment.
Boasting over 480m of heavy-lift berths, six dedicated Ro-Ro ramps, and over 85,000 sqm of yard, Mugharraq Port provides a wide range of general cargo handling, bulk, break-bulk, and logistics support services.
The port was also recently recognised as an international port facility and received its official certification from the UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure as per the guidelines of the International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS Code). As part of its new status, Mugharraq Port is now able to receive and service a host of international and local vessels.