The DP World solar installation ... spanning 110 mid-rise buildings.

The DP World solar installation ... spanning 110 mid-rise buildings.

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March 2020

SirajPower completes DP World solar rooftop installation

SirajPower, a leading distributed solar energy provider in the UAE, has completed the construction and installation of a new fully-financed solar model for DP World’s staff accommodation in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) East and West.

The two combined 6.75 MWp system capacity solar rooftops span across a total of 110 mid-rise buildings between both locations and generate over 10.72 GWh of annual energy production.

It will help displace 7,579 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission (CO2) per annum, corresponding to 125,328 trees planted, says SirajPower.

To complete this project within only three months, SirajPower put together a centralised project management team with Jafza facility management team to build and install 17,500 solar panels with the mobilisation of more than 50,000 man-hours.

The installed solar plant is part of the second phase of projects under the 22-year solar lease agreement for Jafza and National Industries Park (NIP) signed in Q4 2018.

On the key milestone, CEO Laurent Longuet said: “SirajPower kicks off the year with a major project milestone allowing the company to continue expanding its portfolio and make its first foray into the residential sector.

“Beyond the commercial and industrial sectors, the main adopters of solar rooftops in the region, we demonstrated that we can extend the same strategic platforms to the residential market.”


KBR wins major PMC contract from Adnoc

US-based KBR, a global provider of technologies, has been awarded a major project management consultancy (PMC) services contract by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for the Ghasha Concession projects.

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will act as the main PMC contractor responsible for managing the successful engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for Packages A and B of the Dalma Gas Development Project, Packages 1-5 of the Hail and Ghasha Development Project, Hail and Ghasha Islands Project as well as the Deep Gas Project.

This work is expected to be performed over four years with an optional extension for two more years.

The Ghasha mega-project has the potential to meet about 20 per cent of the UAE’s gas demand by around the second half of the decade. In addition, more than 120,000 barrels per day of oil and high-value condensates are expected to be produced when the project is on stream.

“We deeply appreciate the tremendous amount of trust that Adnoc has placed in KBR to project-manage such a significant share of this strategic Ghasha Concession programme,” says Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO. “This award highlights Adnoc’s confidence in KBR’s reputation as the industry leader in the provision of value-added PMC services for similar mega gas-field development projects.”

“We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with Adnoc and to demonstrating once again our world class ability to manage large-scale, complex projects such as this on time, within budget, but most of all with a strict safety culture,” Bradie continues.


Enova completes retrofit project for Saso facility

Enova, a leading energy and facilities management specialist in the Middle East region, says it has successfully completed and handed over the first-ever retrofit project awarded in Saudi Arabia by The National Energy Services Company (Tarshid).

A joint venture between Majid Al Futtaim, a leading mall and leisure projects developer, and Veolia,  an optimised resource management specialist, Enova says it has implemented an innovative range of energy conservation measures (ECMs) to cut and guarantee the energy use reduction of Saso’s (Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization) government facility by over 30 per cent.

Enova says it had leveraged its expertise to boost energy efficiency and reduce the facility’s electricity consumption by more than 6 GWh per year.

 The amount of greenhouse gas emissions reduced by Enova’s efforts equated to the CO2 emissions produced by nearly 1,000 passenger vehicles driven for a year, it adds.

According to Enova, the entire project was completed within just 10 months of Tarshid awarding the contract.

The joint venture says the substantial savings at the Saso’s facility in Riyadh have been achieved through a mix of ECMs, which began with the installation of a building and chiller management system that helped optimise the pumping system of the entire complex. The project also called for the replacement of 14,500 conventional lightbulbs with LED lighting, as well as structural building optimisations, such as the installation of air curtains and chilled water line insulation to reduce cooling losses, it stated.

 Comprising 11 buildings, which house several offices and laboratories, Saso’s complex in Riyadh covers a total floor area of 193,000 sq m.

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