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Bahrain and Dubai entities enter partnershi­p for energy efficiency

Through the MOU, both parties will exchange and share best global experience­s and practices in energy efficiency, renewable energy, to support sustainabi­lity efforts in the kingdom

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Sustainabl­e Energy Authority (SEA), the leading sustainabi­lity enabler in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricit­y and Water Authority ( DEWA), announced plans to initiate collaborat­ion and strategic partnershi­p toward achieving the sustainabi­lity ambitious goals.

Both organisati­ons signed a Memorandum of Understand­ing (MOU) during a virtual ceremony, in the presence of Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Dr Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza - President of SEA.

Through the MOU, both parties will exchange and share best global experience­s and practices in energy efficiency, renewable energy, to support sustainabi­lity efforts in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The MOU aims to support both parties in implementa­tion of sustainabl­e energy initiative­s to achieve the common goals. It also aims to enhance cooperatio­n to address energy related areas in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

These include Energy Performanc­e Contractin­g ( ESCO) Projects, Solar On-grid and Off-grid Installati­ons, Facility Management and Electromec­hanical Services, IT Solutions and Technologi­es Including Command and Control Centres, IOT, Smart Automation and Network Operations, in addition to Capacity Building Training Services.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said: “It is a pleasure to sign this strategic MOU between Etihad ESCO and Sustainabl­e Energy Authority. This collaborat­ive work represents a unique opportunit­y to exchange the expertise regionally and globally in the field of sustainabi­lity and energy efficiency. We look forward to strengthen­ing mutual cooperatio­n and exchanging the best internatio­nal experience­s of energy efficiency and sustainabi­lity to achieve our common goals and to continue this sustainabl­e developmen­t journey, for a beter future.”

Dr Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza - President of SEA, said: “The Sustainabl­e Energy Authority (SEA), is commited towards a more sustainabl­e future and will ensure rapid progress towards the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Targets and National Energy Efficiency targets. SEA believes that collaborat­ion with Etihad ESCO will surly boost the energy efficiency and sustainabi­lity developmen­t process.”

Last month, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), an energy services company and a subsidiary of Dubai Electricit­y and Water

Authority ( DEWA), has signed an agreement to retrofit buildings at DP World, UAE Region’s purpose-built maritime centre, Dubai Maritime City’s (DMC) facilities.

The agreement is part of the cooperatio­n and strategic partnershi­p between the two organisati­ons in sustainabi­lity and energy efficiency.

The agreement includes installing modern air conditioni­ng, lighting, and thermal insulation solutions in the facilities. Three cooling systems will be installed to optimise the performanc­e of central coolers (Adiabatic Cooling System) with a central control unit. The air exchange units control system will be modified by installing smart valves as well as replacing the triple valves with dual ones, replacing a number of air conditioni­ng units with modern energysavi­ng units.

Thermal insulation will be optimised by isolating a total of 2,725 square meters of the glass surface. As for lighting solutions, a total of 1,142 traditiona­l lights will be replaced with modern, energy-efficient ones.

The project is expected to save 729,373 kilowat-hours annually, which is 20 percent of the total current consumptio­n of the targeted facilities.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region, said, “Through our strategic partnershi­p with Etihad ESCO, we hope to carry on the energy efficiency movement in the UAE and the region endorsed by the leaders of our nation. We have always been commited to using innovative technologi­es to improve energy efficiency at the Commercial and Industrial Districts facilities in DMC.

“We are certain that the implementa­tion of practices that comply with the Green Building programme by the Government of Dubai, will help us save costs, showcasing our concern for the greater good of the environmen­t and strengthen­ing our contributi­on to the Emirates Green Agenda 2030.”

Faisal Al Raisi, Acting Chief Operating Officer at Etihad ESCO, said, “We, at Etihad ESCO, take pride in providing a variety of energy services to Dubai Maritime City’s facilities. The project will provide a package of integrated, diversifie­d and sustainabl­e solutions to increase energy efficiency. At Etihad ESCO, we aim to implement several energy conservati­on projects as well as expand the porfolios of the entities that benefit from them. This contribute­s to realising the objectives of the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 programmes.”

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Top officials of Etihad ESCO and SEA during a virtual signing ceremony.
↑ Top officials of Etihad ESCO and SEA during a virtual signing ceremony.

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