Dubai: Total completes the construction of the Solar-Powered Rooftop of its lubricants blending facility
Total has completed the installation of a solar-powered rooftop at its Dubai Lubricants Blending Unit. The project has been managed by Total Solar Distributed Generation Middle East, its affiliate dedicated to the development of distributed solar energy solutions in the region.
The 500 kilowatt-peak solar-powered rooftop installed at the blending unit covers an area of over 2,500m2, equivalent to 13 tennis courts. The solar power generated by the rooftop will be able to cover nearly 35% of the facility’s energy needs. As a result, the solar-powered rooftop will offset CO2 emissions by estimated 7,000 tons* over the expected life-span of the installation. An extension of the project is currently under consideration, with a target to cover approximately 70% of the facility’s energy needs.
“Total shares the ambition, together with society, to become carbon neutral by 2050, for all of its activities, from its production to the use of the energy products sold to its customers,” highlighted Karine Singh, Managing Director for Total Marketing Middle East. “As we celebrate the 20thanniversary of our blending plant, we are delighted with the completion of this solar rooftop, an illustration of our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of our own operations here in Dubai.”
“In line with Total’s climate ambition, Total Solar Distributed Generation Middle East works towards developing renewable energy solutions for commercial and industrial players in the Middle East, including the Group’s own businesses. With this project we are proud to contribute with our solar energy expertise and knowledge to supply our Dubai Lubricants facility with clean, reliable and affordable electricity,” said Marin de Montbel, Managing Director at Total Solar Distributed Generation Middle East.
This project is part of Total’s solarization project, which includes the installation of solar panels at its offices, blending units and around 5,000 of its service stations in more than 50 countries around the world, contributing to Total’s target of 25 GW of renewable generation installed capacity by 2025.
*estimated based on Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) 's emission factor for Dubai