RTA partners with ENOC to power traditional Abras with biodiesel

The initiative is being carried out on a three-month pilot period where the Abras will be powered using Biodiesel5

The initiative is being implemented under a pilot period for three months.
Twitter/ RTA
The initiative is being implemented under a pilot period for three months.

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Public Transport Agency has partnered with Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) to power its traditional Abras using biodiesel, under a three-month pilot period.

Speaking about the initiative, the CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan said that it comes in-line with RTA’s move to conserve the environment and safeguard the public health by reducing the emission of harmful gases.

Bahrozyan said: “ENOC would supply biodiesel to five traditional Abras run by private operators”, adding that “Abras would be refuelled at a specific point on the Dubai Creek where all safety precautions had been taken.”

[Image: Twitter/ Dubai Media Office]

The Public Transport Agency agreed on a specific grade of biofuel — Biodiesel5 — which is an advanced alternative fuel product approved in the UAE.

The fuel is manufactured from vegetable oils as well as residues of cooking and animal oils.

Bahrozyan added: “Since it is extracted from renewable sources, it reduces carbon dioxide emissions in the city and promotes the provision of clean and sustainable services to the community.”

Meanwhile, HE Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of ENOC Group, said: “Biodiesel5’ is an alternative fuel that has enabled us to promote sustainable best practices, enhance operational efficiency, and reduce harmful emissions.”


[Image: Twitter/ RTA]

Mohammed Abu Baksr Al Hashmi, Director of Marine Transport, at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “During the trial, we would be measuring the carbon emissions of biofuel-powered Abras in comparison with regular diesel-powered Abras. Should the experiment prove successful, it would be generalised to the entire fleet of 148 Abras operating on Dubai Creek.

AL Hashmi added that the move contributes to RTA’s strategic goal of "Safety and Environmental Sustainability" and "reduces carbon emission on Dubai Creek by 113.398 tonnes (125 tons) of CO2 per annum", which is equivalent to growing 2,000 trees for 10 years.

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