Enoc to build 62 fuel stations ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai will receive at least eight stations this year, with fuel facilities also set to reopen in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah
The Government of Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Co (Enoc) is charting its expansion plan in the run up to Expo 2020 Dubai – of which it is the Official Energy Partner – which includes the expansion of its retail network to 191 from its current 129 service stations across the UAE, with particular focus on the Northern Emirates through the relaunch of service stations in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah.
Of the 62 stations that Enoc will open, 15 will be launched in 2019.
Five of the Enoc hubs that will open this year will be service stations, and three will be compact, with all eight to open in Dubai.
Introduced in 2018, the Enoc compact station offers easier access to refueling services.
Service stations reopening in Sharjah will also have the facilities needed to install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which were mandated for all Enoc stations in 2017.
Commenting on the expansion plan, HE Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group chief executive officer of Enoc, said: “We are committed to supporting the UAE’s expansion vision by building a robust fuel retail infrastructure needed in the run up to the Expo 2020 Dubai.”
Enoc's service station at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, draws inspiration from the UAE’s national tree, Ghaf, will use carbon fibre, a light-weight material that Enoc said is known to be three times stronger than steel.
The firm will install Pv solar power panels on the canopy to generate up to 180 kilowatt-peak of energy per hour to meet the station's electricity needs.
During the unveiling of its Expo 2020 Dubai station in April 2019, Enoc said this energy output was 30% higher than the average electricity demands of a typical station.