Abu Dhabi to replace 43,000 streetlights with LEDs

The tender is the first street lighting replacement project to be delivered using a Public-Private-Partnership model in the UAE


Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has awarded a contract to Tatweer for Traffic Assets and Systems Operation and Management for the replacement of approximately 43,000 streetlights in the capital with energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) units.

Tatweer’s technology partners include AEC Illiminazione SRL, an Italian specialist in the outdoor public lighting and indoor industrial lighting sector for over 60 years.

The 12-year design, build, finance, operate and maintain concession agreement was awarded by the ADM's Department of Municipalities and Transport, following a competitive tender process facilitated by Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

The concession will target specific requirements and energy saving targets, including operating and maintaining the new devices, and installing and maintaining a smart central system to control the lighting throughout the agreement period.

The use of energy-efficient street lighting is expected to save some 900 million kWh worth Dh264 million ($72 million) over the 12-year contract period.

ADM said the tender is the first street lighting replacement project to be delivered using a Public-Private-Partnership model in the UAE. It is also the first to be assisted by the ADIO, using the Partnership Projects model.

The ADIO works alongside government departments, including the Department of Municipalities and Transport, to facilitate major infrastructure projects for Abu Dhabi through the Partnership Projects model.

The project is part of the Abu Dhabi government’s recent announcement to procure infrastructure projects worth Dh10 billion through Public-Private-Partnerships spanning multiple sectors, including education, transport and municipal sectors, said a top official.

"This long-term partnership with Tatweer will help ADM achieve greater project efficiencies, while delivering enhanced infrastructure and services to Abu Dhabi’s residents," remarked its Director-General Saif Badr Al Qubaisi.

"It is part of our commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure in Abu Dhabi," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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