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Enoc's Jebel Ali lube and grease plant goes 100% solar

More than 300 PV panels have been installed on the roof of the 1,000sqm warehouse

ENOC's lube and grease plant in Jebel Ali is now fully powered by solar energy [representational image].
ENOC's lube and grease plant in Jebel Ali is now fully powered by solar energy [representational image].

Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has said its lubricants and grease manufacturing plant (DLPP) in Jebel Ali is now running fully operational on solar power.

According to a statement, more than 300 photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed on the roof of 1,000m2 warehouse, generating more than 160,000 KWh of electricity a year. This is sufficient, Enoc said, to meet the annual electricity consumption of the plant, with excess power transmitted back to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) grid.

Based on 2016 consumption figures, DLPP consumes 156,700 KWh a year of electricity, which will now be fully produced on-site through the panels.

With this in mind, 160,000 KWh electricity will be saved yearly – equivalent, Enoc said, to powering at least seven residential houses for a whole year in Dubai.

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The project was announced during the 20th Water, Energy, Technology & Environment Exhibition (Wetex), organised by Dewa from 23-25 October in Dubai.

Speaking on the move, HE Saif Humaid Al Falasi, chief executive officer at Enoc, said: “As the energy partner committed to fuel the growth of Dubai and the UAE, we are continuously looking for opportunities to contribute to the development of the country’s assets and key infrastructure projects, while aligning our strategic goals with the UAE’s larger mandate aimed at diversifying the energy mix.”

Enoc said the project underlines its efforts to “leverage renewable energy to power its assets, in line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030”.

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The initiative aims to achieve 7% of Dubai’s energy needs from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.

To date, Enoc operates nine solar-powered service stations across Dubai and has previously announced its plans to power all future service stations by solar PV panels.

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