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The tallest tower in the world – Burj Khalifa – has been added to the portfolio of acclaimed clients being serviced by Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading award-winning fully integrated environment and waste management company. A highly competitive tendering process saw Bee’ah awarded a five-year contract to introduce recycling logistics, create sustainability awareness amongst the tenants and residents, and to provide integrated waste management services to the prestigious landmark building, leading to a more sustainable platform for the upcoming World Expo 2020 which will be held in Dubai.
This achievement is the crown jewel of multiple Dubai based contracts Bee’ah has landed in recent months, including TECOM (Media City, Knowledge Village, TECOM, Academic City, Internet City and other selected areas and entities.
Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer at Bee’ah commented on the agreement saying: “Bee’ah is delighted to win the Burj Khalifa contract and we look forward to fulfilling the environmental requirements of the world’s most iconic building.” He continued: “Our long and proud commitment to the community has resulted in our geographic expansion within the UAE; Burj Khalifa represents a significant step forward in the company’s vision as we expand further into Dubai and seek to strengthen our position as environmental leaders in the Middle East.” Mr Huraimel spoke further about the challenges Burj Khalifa represents, noting that the structure represents one of the most sophisticated logistical systems in Bee’ah’s portfolio given that it has over 160 stories, 900 residences and 37 office floors.
Bee’ah offers innovative methods for collection, transportation, treatment and recycling of the monthly waste produced by the mega structure, which will all be processed at Bee’ah’s dedicated Waste Management Centre. Waste management policy developed specifically for Burj Khalifa will include community awareness campaigns to encourage pro-environmental behaviour among the More than 12,000 people who occupies the building – a task Khaled Al Huraimel confidently asserts Bee’ah is ready to accomplish.
As part of a tendering system, Bee’ah was competing against other leading companies in the region, but due to their advanced technologies, pioneering systems, and world-class infrastructure, the Sharjah based Environment Company won the contract. Bee’ah now manages more than 65 contracts in Dubai, all of whom benefit from a comprehensive waste management systems transferring waste away from landfill and sending it towards recycle facilities – creating a cleaner future.
Dubai doubled the capacity of the second phase of the solar park from 100MW to 200MW after receiving the lowest ever recorded cost for solar power in a tender won by Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Spain's TSK.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, or Dewa, will start accepting expressions of interest for the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park at the end of September.
In a statement on Saturday, the power utility said the tender for the project, an 800 megawatt (MW) power plant, will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015.
"After getting the lowest global cost of production of photovoltaic (PV) energy for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and doubling its capacity from 100MW to 200MW, we are pleased to announce the third project with a capacity of 800MW. We are on the right track to achieve the solar park's total capacity of 3,000 megawatts," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of Dewa.
Dubai doubled the capacity of the second phase of the solar park from 100MW to 200MW after receiving the lowest ever recorded cost for solar power in a tender won by Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Spain's TSK. The 13MW first phase became operational in October 2013, while the 200MW second phase will be operational by 2017. The full solar park scheme will have a capacity of 3,000MW.
"We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to achieve a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development," Al Tayer said.
Dubai's strategic plans envision seven per cent of power generation from renewables by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030. "Our efforts also complement the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify energy sources to include 71 per cent from natural gas, 15 per cent from solar energy, seven per cent from clean coal and seven per cent from nuclear power," Al Tayer said.
DUBAI // DP World, one of the country’s biggest free zone operators, is leading the solar energy charge with plans that could generate up to 40 megawatts of electricity.
Once completed in 2016, the port operator’s scheme is set to be the largest solar rooftop project in the emirate that is providing energy back into Dubai’s electricity grid.
The ports company said it will set up the solar panels on 19 rooftops in Jebel Ali free zone buildings, parking sheds and the surrounding parking areas.
One warehouse and two cruise terminal rooftops in Mina Rashid will also be outfitted.
It is estimated that the between 30MW and 40MW will be generated, about one third of the power used by the ports facility or enough to power 30,000 homes for a year.
The power is also about one tenth of that generated by the largest solar plant in the world, the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California’s Mohave Desert.
“It is a milestone in promoting the rational use of natural resources and creating innovative solutions that replace traditional energy sources,” said DP World chairman, Sultan bin Sulayem.
“We are delighted to contribute to the efforts that support the emirate’s economic growth and the drive to build a green economy.”
In May, the Dubai Electricity and Water Company (Dewa) launched Shams Dubai, an initiative to regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings and their connection to the grid.
Under the scheme, businesses and homeowners will be able to install their own solar panels and then reintegrate the energy generated back into the grid to reduce their costs.
Mr bin Sulayem said: “To secure a healthy sustainable society for future generations, it is necessary to take stock of our energy consumption today. Diversifying our energy mix with renewable resources such as solar power makes a lot of sense in our region where we can harness it all year round.”
He said a tender has already been issued for DP World’s project and bids will be accepted in October, with a final contract expected to be signed by the end of the month.
The project should be live before the second quarter of 2016.
Bertrand Piccard is the co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2, the aircraft that is attempting to complete the first solar-powered round-the-world flight.
He believed projects like this were putting the UAE at the forefront of the solar power industry.
“When you look at the kind of work that is coming out of the UAE and the Arab world, it is impressive,” Dr Piccard said.
“When you look at the UAE you can see that there is real work being done, real initiatives and this is despite them producing oil. It is the way for the future and it is exciting.”
Saeed Al Tayer, chief executive of Dewa, said the DP World project would help his organisation to achieve “its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility”.
He said the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park aims to generate 2,600MW from renewable energy by 2030.
The announcement marks the start of Go Green, a maritime industry drive involving five of the world’s largest port operators.