By Staff writer
Port operator to fit solar panels to cruise terminals, Jebel Ali free zone buildings; tenders to be awarded by end of next month
Dubai port operator DP World has announced plans to launch a major renewable energy project with the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on buildings to generate electricity.
The project, launched in cooperation with Economic Zones World, a DP World subsidiary, involves rooftop solar panel mountings on its Jebel Ali free zone buildings, parking sheds, and several of its cruise terminal buildings in Port Rashid.
The move will allow the company to reduce its carbon footprint while exporting surplus energy to the national grid, a statement said.
A tender has already been issued for the project and vendor bids will be accepted until October 1, with a final contract expected to be signed by the end of next month.
The project will be implemented in phases and will contribute to a total generation of 30-40MWP (Mega Watt Peak).
DP World said it hopes to roll out the initiative across its global portfolio in the future.
The announcement marks the start of the global "Go Green" campaign, a maritime industry initiative involving five of the world’s largest port operators.
The launch complements Dubai’s effort to diversity energy resources in line with Dubai vision 2021 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy demand by 30 percent by 2030 and diversify the energy mix.
DP World chairman, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said: "This project... is a major milestone in promoting the rational use of natural resources and creating innovative solutions that replace traditional energy sources. We are delighted to contribute to the efforts that support the emirate’s economic growth and the drive to build a green economy."For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.