Best of Wetex: Smart ENOC
In line with Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to meet the country’s environmental goals
During WETEX 2018, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) announced that it had recently converted its Lubricants and Grease Manufacturing plant (DLPP) located in Jebel Ali, to fully operate on solar energy. The completion of the first solar powered lubricants blending plant in the UAE underlines ENOC’s efforts to leverage renewable energy to power its assets, in line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 (DIES).
More than 300 solar PV panels have been installed on the roof of the warehouse, which will generate over 160,000 kwh/year of electricity, sufficient to meet the annual electricity consumption of DLPP. Excess electricity will be transmitted back to the DEWA grid.
“As the energy partner committed to fuel the growth of Dubai and the UAE, we are continuously looking for opportunities to contribute to the development of the country’s assets and key infrastructure projects, while aligning our strategic goals with the UAE’s larger mandate aimed at diversifying the energy mix,” said His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC.
Based on 2016 consumption figures, DLPP consumes 156,700 kwh/year of electricity, which will now be fully produced on-site through the solar panels. This will contribute to a yearly saving of over 160,000 kwh electricity, which is equivalent to powering at least seven residential houses for a whole year in Dubai (based on 2017 data).
“Over the years, we focused on utilising clean energy sources that will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuel generated electricity and minimise environmental impact. The installation of solar panels at DLPP makes it the first facility of its kind in the UAE, which will generate clean energy on-site. This will further enhance the operational efficiency of the plant and help us achieve new benchmarks in resource management,” added Al Falasi.
ENOC’s initiative complements the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to achieve 7% of Dubai’s energy needs from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. Supporting this, ENOC has already been building solar powered service stations with the first station opening in 2016. Today, ENOC operates nine solar powered service stations across Dubai and has previously announced its plans to power all future service stations by solar PV panels.