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Bid for major solar project in Dubai

Terminal operator DP World is tendering for a firm to put photovoltaic cells on rooftops across its properties in a key Dubai business neighbourhood.

The firm called for bids to place solar panels on buildings across the Jebel Ali Free Zone to reduce its carbon footprint.

Phase one of the mammoth scheme will cover 19 buildings, six light industrial units, two cruise terminals and a warehouse, as well as parking areas and a main road.

DP World hopes to generate up to 40 Mega Watt Peak from the project.

Chairman HE 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.

“To secure a healthy sustainable society for future generations, it is necessary to take stock of our energy consumption today. Diversifying our energy mix with renewable resources such as solar power makes a lot of sense in our region where we can harness it all year round.”

Bids will be accepted until 1 October with a final contract expected to be signed by the end of October.

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