Friday, June 23, 2017

DP World Explores Clean Energy Solutions at Freight Ports and Logistics Zones

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MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA – Global trade enabler DP World and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore areas of collaboration on clean energy solutions for DP World’s portfolio of ports and free zones in the Middle East and Africa. The two companies will work to address challenges related to the delivery of sustainable, reliable and cost effective power generation, with a particular focus on areas that are remote or off-grid.

The first collaborative activity will be to review DP World’s operations at the Port of Berbera in Somaliland, focusing on hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) – diesel plants, water treatment and other technical advisory services for power generation. The agreement will also look at increasing energy efficiency across the company’s ports and terminals in the region. DP World Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said:

“We strive to integrate sustainability into everything we do and I believe it is essential to modern business practice. We look forward to this partnership with a world leader in renewable and clean energy that will help reduce our carbon footprint in the region and to develop long term energy solutions for the communities in which we operate. This collaboration is an important step in contributing towards achieving the UAE 2021 vision and implementing the Dubai 2021 plan as well as the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which is focused on developing the UAE into a knowledge-led economy.”

Masdar already specialises in bringing renewable energy access to remote locations, from Pacific island micro-grids and rural solar home systems in Afghanistan and Morocco, to onshore wind in the Republic of Seychelles and off-grid community solar PV projects in Egypt. In the Pacific Islands one of the company’s projects replaced the need for approximately 3.2 million litres of imported diesel fuel, saving in excess of $3.7 million per year in fuel costs.

Photo: DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (left) and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi