Abu Dhabi awards the first project through ADIO's Partnership Projects framework in collaboration with The Department of Municipalities and Transport - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Tatweer has been awarded a contract to replace approximately 43,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs

  • Annual energy savings will be around 900 million kWh, enough to power 8,000 homes
  • First project to be awarded as part of the public-private partnership initiative under the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme

Abu Dhabi - The Department of Municipalities and TransportAbu Dhabi City Municipality has awarded Tatweer for Traffic Assets & Systems Operation and Management LLC (Tatweer) the contract to replace approximately 43,000 of the capital’s streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights. This will result in energy savings of around 900 million kWh, valued at approximately AED 264 million over the contract period. Tatweer’s technology partners include AEC Illiminazione SRL.

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 facilitated by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) using the Partnership Projects model.

The project supports the enhancement of traffic safety on Abu Dhabi’s roads, while following the highest standards of sustainability for infrastructure projects.

The contract is a 12-year design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) concession agreement with the Department of Municipalities and Transport - Abu Dhabi City Municipality following a competitive tender process facilitated by 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.

H.E. Saif Badr Al Qubaisi, Director General, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said: “Abu Dhabi has laid out a bold vision to achieve a sustainable future, and we will get there by taking incremental steps like converting to street lighting that is four times more efficient than what we have today. This long-term partnership with Tatweer will help us achieve greater project efficiencies, while delivering enhanced infrastructure and services to Abu Dhabi’s residents. It is part of our commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

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.

Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General at ADIO, said: “As the focal point for facilitating public-private partnership projects in Abu Dhabi, we work with government departments to deliver infrastructure with an emphasis on sustainability, quality and opening up new opportunities for the private sector. The LED street lighting tender is the first infrastructure project of its kind in Abu Dhabi to be delivered through the Partnership Projects framework and is the start of a new wave of government partnership opportunities for the private sector in the emirate.”

The street lighting project is part of the Abu Dhabi Government’s recent announcement to procure approximately AED 10 billion of infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships. Projects will span multiple sectors, including education, transport and municipal sectors, amongst others.

The Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council approved the new public-private partnership law in February 2019 (Law No. 2 of 2019) under its Ghadan 21 accelerator programme to support local and international investment opportunities for the private sector. The programme focuses on economy, knowledge and community development across Abu Dhabi. In line with ADIO’s mandate to support private sector investment in the emirate, ADIO was appointed as the central authority responsible for the facilitation of these projects in partnership with other government entities.

Companies can access tender information and express interest in projects through the ADIO website www.investinabudhabi.ae


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