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Bahrain and Dubai entities enter partnership for energy efficiency


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

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 better future.”

Dr Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza - President of SEA, said: “The Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), is committed 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 energy-saving 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 kilowatt-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 committed 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 portfolios 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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