Saudi Global Ports Starts Upgrading of KPAD Container Terminals
On 13 July 2021, Saudi Global Ports commenced the first phase of its upgrading and development programme at First and Second Container Terminals in King Abdulaziz Port Dammam, by appointing Jacobs Engineering Group as the Civil Engineering Consultant. SGP aims to leverage Jacobs's expertise in port design and experience in supervising construction works across the Kingdom. First Container Terminal which has been in operations for more than 30 years will be upgraded; while Second Container Terminal will also be expanded to serve the next generation of mega vessels. SGP and Jacobs will focus on incorporating sustainability to minimise the environmental impact of terminal operations.
In addition, smart port designs will be introduced to enhance SGP's benchmark productivity as well as upskill jobs for Saudi nationals. This includes allocating an area called the Sandbox to test new technologies in automation and connectivity, and develop new processes that will be subsequently deployed across SGP upon successful test bedding.
SGP operates the First and Second Container Terminals located at King Abdul Aziz Port, Dammam. It is an important deep-water hinterland port in the Arabian Gulf serving the major provincial cities in the Eastern and Central Provinces of Saudi Arabia. Dammam is the closest gateway port to the country's economic centre and capital city, Riyadh, and is linked by an existing railway network and excellent highways. It is also the largest Gulf Port in Saudi Arabia. SGP is a joint venture company with the Public Investment Fund as the majority shareholder and PSA International as the technical partner.