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Siraj Power inks 22-year deal with DP World

Company to open office in Jafza to oversee extensive construction works

Laurent Longuet, CEO at SirajPower; Nabil Battal, Vice President - Group Health, Safety and Environment at DP World; David Auriau, Director and Board Member
Laurent Longuet, CEO at SirajPower; Nabil Battal, Vice President - Group Health, Safety and Environment at DP World; David Auriau, Director and Board Member

Siraj Power has signed a 22-year agreement with DP World which will see them reduce the carbon footprint of the global trade enabler and support the sustainable growth of Dubai.

Under the partnership, Siraj Power, a provider of solar roof plants, will deliver a first batch of 15 MW to DP World’s facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)

The company revealed it will open a branch in Jafza to help support the construction installation and operations.

Construction activity is expected to result in significant logistics traffic with almost 80,000 PV panels to be installed – more than 150 containers. The same for the other various equipment: inverters, structure, cables. 

Creating a sustainable business model through the implementation of green technologies is a core focus for DP World.

The construction phase will also 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.

Laurent Longuet, chief executive officer at Siraj Power, said: “Our journey to create a sustainable environment and helping the government’s establishing Dubai as a smart and sustainable city has reached a peak with our new partnership with DP World. 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. 

“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.” 

Over the summer, DP World launched the UAE’s first green storage and warehouse facilities and is set to install 88,000 PV modules across its Dubai facilities' rooftops as part of DP World’s Solar Programme.

Mohammed Al Muallem, chief executive officer and managing director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “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. Our partnership with Siraj Power 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 Solar Power Programme is part of DP World’s larger goal to create a better future for our people and community. We recycle over 9,700 tonnes of waste each year, and have managed to reduce CO2 emissions intensity by 24% since 2008. We are simultaneously developing the Jebel Ali Free Zone Zero Waste Project, with the ultimate goal to develop the world’s first Zero Carbon Emission supply chain across our portfolio.”

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, Siraj Power has already secured 50 MW of solar rooftop projects in Dubai as part of Shams Dubai.

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