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DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy options

Masdar to provide technical advisory services and explore renewable energy options for DP World's ports and free zones in the Middle East and Africa

DP World Group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (left) and Masdar chief executive officer Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi (right) at the signing ceremony
DP World Group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (left) and Masdar chief executive officer Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi (right) at the signing ceremony

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 options for DP World’s portfolio of ports and freezones in the Middle East and Africa.

Masdar will work with DP World 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.

Masdar will provide specialist project management services, from concept to implementation, including community projects to support DP World’s operations. 

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 sources of energy 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’s activities in the Pacific Islands included 11 customised renewable energy projects designed to drive economic growth and sustainable development by increasing energy resilience, bolstering job creation and contributing to renewable energy targets.

The projects have 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.

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