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Abu Dhabi's DMT picks Tatweer to replace 43,000 streetlights

The tender is first of its kind facilitated by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) using the Partnership Projects model

Abu Dhabi's DMT awards Tatweer contract to replace 43,000 streetlights [representative image]
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Abu Dhabi's DMT awards Tatweer contract to replace 43,000 streetlights [representative image]

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi City Municipality has awarded Tatweer for Traffic Assets & Systems Operation and Management LLC (Tatweer) the contract to replace approximately 43,000 of the capital’s streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights.

The tender is the first street lighting replacement project to be delivered using a public-private partnership model in the UAE. It is also the first to be facilitated by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) using the Partnership Projects model.

The project is expected to result in energy savings of approximately 900 million kWh, valued at approximately $71.88m (AED264m) during the contract period. Tatweer’s technology partners include AEC Illuminazione SRL.

The contract is a 12-year design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) concession agreement inked with the Department of Municipalities and Transport - Abu Dhabi City Municipality following a competitive tender process facilitated by ADIO.

The concession will target specific requirements and energy saving targets, including operating and maintaining the new devices, and installing and maintaining a smart central system to control the lighting throughout the agreement period.

The project will support the enhancement of traffic safety on Abu Dhabi’s roads, while following the highest standards of sustainability for infrastructure projects.

Commenting on the initiative, the director general of the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, HE Saif Badr Al Qubaisi, said: “Abu Dhabi has laid out a bold vision to achieve a sustainable future, and we will get there by taking incremental steps like converting to street lighting that is four times more efficient than what we have today.

Al Qubaisi added: “This long-term partnership with Tatweer will help us achieve greater project efficiencies, while delivering enhanced infrastructure and services to Abu Dhabi’s residents. It is part of our commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

ADIO works alongside government departments, including the Department of Municipalities and Transport, to facilitate major infrastructure projects for Abu Dhabi through the Partnership Projects model.

Sharing his thoughts on the project, the director general at ADIO, Dr Tariq Bin Hendi, said: “As the focal point for facilitating public-private partnership projects in Abu Dhabi, we work with government departments to deliver infrastructure with an emphasis on sustainability, quality, and opening up new opportunities for the private sector.

He added: “The LED street lighting tender is the first infrastructure project of its kind in Abu Dhabi to be delivered through the Partnership Projects framework and is the start of a new wave of government partnership opportunities for the private sector in the emirate.”

The street lighting project is part of the Abu Dhabi Government’s recent announcement to procure approximately $2.72bn (AED10bn) of infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships. Projects will span multiple sectors, including education, transport, and municipal sectors, amongst others.

The Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council approved the new public-private partnership law in February 2019 (Law No. 2 of 2019) under its Ghadan 21 accelerator programme to support local and international investment opportunities for the private sector.

The programme focuses on economy, knowledge, and community development across Abu Dhabi. In line with its mandate to support private sector investment in the emirate, ADIO was appointed as the central authority responsible for the facilitation of these projects in partnership with other government entities.

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