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Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), the new industrial and logistics zone situated next to Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port, today announced the award for construction of phase 1 of its pre-built warehousing (PBWH), to System Construct LLC.
The value of the contract is placed at just over AED100 million with Kizad sources confirming that the delivery of the first units will be in Q4 of 2013.
The PBWH project has been divided into three phases, with a total of 105 units, covering 118,965m2 (1,280,000ft2). The first phase, now underway, covers an area of 46,453m2 (499,834 ft2).
Commenting on this key milestone, at the start of construction of the PBWH phase 1 development, Charles Acworth, Head of Project Development at Kizad, said:"We have been encouraged, not just by the significant interest shown in our pre-built warehouse project, but also by the uptake and commitments we have seen from both local and international companies.
The show warehouse has been an invaluable marketing tool and System Construct delivered a quality product on time and to budget. The announcement of the main contract award to System Construct is therefore very welcome and is the first of many milestones we will be announcing in the coming months." Ziad Shebli, Operations Manager of System Construct LLC, added: "We are delighted to have been chosen as main contractor for the first phase of Kizad's pre-built warehousing project.
We are confident that our experience and proven track record in other key construction projects was our differentiator in being awarded this contract and we look forward to being a part of Kizad's unique investment and industrial offering." Kizad is part of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company's huge AED 26.5bn (USD7.2bn) investment in its new maritime gateway and the industrial and commercial zones for the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
That figure includes both the first phase of Kizad's infrastructure and the adjacent deep-water, Khalifa Port. Now fully operational, it is currently the only deep-water port in the region with a semi-automated container terminal.
The area for the first phase of the industrial zone in Kizad covers an area of 52 sq.km. The second phase stands at a massive 366 sq.km area - approximately two-thirds the land-mass of Singapore.