Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has put into operation five new solar-powered service stations, increasing its fuel network to 122 stations nationwide.
This comes as part of the gas giant’s bid to increase its fuel service footprint by 40% by 2020, as it looks in to stretch out to the country’s remote areas and beyond, ENOC said in a statement on Sunday.
ENOC further revealed that the newly-established power-solar stations were installed around the country’s brand new residential compounds to ensure that they have adequate fuel supply. The target cities include Hatta, Oud Al Muteena, and Dubai’s Al-Ain Road and City of Arabia.
The company reiterated its commitment to the UAE’s large-scale strategy to include renewable energy sources to the country’s diverse energy mix.
Equipped with photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, the new utility-scale solar-power stations’ capacity is expected to reach 120 kilowatt hour (KWH) per day, the statement read, adding that the new stations were designed to meet the Dubai Municipality’s Green Build regulations and help reduce the environmental pollution.
ENOC’s expansion plan comes in line with the Expo 2020’s vision aimed at welcoming 25 million visitors, commented Group CEO Saif Humaid Al Falasi.
“The five new service stations demonstrate our commitment to not only meet the energy needs of Dubai and the UAE, but to facilitate and enhance the convenience for both residents and visitors of the UAE,” he highlighted.
Currently, ENOC operates six solar power-based stations nationwide and provides different payment methods for the beneficiaries including cashless methods such as mobile phone payment alongside other credit card-less VIP system, the statement concluded.