DP World signs deal with SirajPower for solar plant in Jebel Ali Freezone

DP World signs deal with SirajPower for solar plant in Jebel Ali Freezone
Published: 20 November 2018 - 7:07 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

DP World has signed a partnership agreement with SirajPower for the installation of a 15 MW solar plant in Jebel Ali Freezone.

SirajPower is a UAE-based provider of solar roof plants, offering both construction and financing solutions under one umbrella.

SirajPower will deliver a first batch of 15 MW to DP World’s facilities in Dubai located at Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and National Industries Park, with a 22-year lease agreement to help the company save its energy consumption.

DP World has been aggressively pursuing green power solutions. Over the summer, the company launched the UAE’s first energy neutral warehouse facilities and is set to install 88,000 PV modules across its Dubai facilities' rooftops as part of DP World’s Solar Programme.

SirajPower’s partnership with DP World further supports its sustainable, long-term growth plan that is aligned with the United Nation’s ninth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

“Such a deal with a major global market player clearly put us on the map and further cements our position as the leading provider of solar energy in the UAE,” said Laurent Longuet, CEO at SirajPower. “We witnessed a rapid growth in only three years and our plan now is to expand our offering to other emirates and countries in the GCC, as well as making a foray into the residential market to truly become the regional green champion.”

“Creating a sustainable business model through the implementation of green technologies is a core focus for DP World, and one of our key initiatives is our ground-breaking Solar Power Programme that will generate enough energy to power 4,600 homes upon completion,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and MD, DP World, UAE Region. “Our partnership with SirajPower is an important step that will allow us to meet our goals, and we are pleased to work with another industry leader to help build the largest photovoltaic project in the GCC.”

The agreement comes on the heels of the third Dubai Solar Show by DEWA during which it reemphasized the important role of its Dubai Shams initiative also part of Green Dubai.

The objective is to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops to generate electricity and connect them to DEWA’s grid.

While the majority of renewable energy capacity installed by 2030 is expected to emanate from the MBR solar development, Dubai is relying on the successful implementation of its ambitious Shams rooftop solar programme to meet its 75% clean energy goal by 2050.

To date, DEWA has connected its grid to 1,177 solar systems placed on the roofs of buildings in Dubai with a total capacity of 54.7 MW. For its part, SirajPower has already secured 50 MW of solar rooftop projects in Dubai as part of Shams Dubai.

SirajPower announced it will open a branch in JAFZA that will help in supporting the construction installation and operations.

In doing so, the company will not only contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of DP World but, as well, supporting the sustainable growth of Dubai. In fact, the construction activity is expected to result in significant logistics traffic with almost 80,000 PV panels to be installed, which corresponds to more than 150 containers.

The same for the other various equipment: inverters, structure, cables. Moreover, the construction phase will involve a significant team effort resulting in 500,000 to 1,000,000 man-hours over a period of 18 months. The operations and maintenance (O&M) teams of more than 20 people will be employed for the O&M period - the next 22 years.

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