• May 01, 2016

SOHAR builds on its Green Port credentials with LED street lighting

• SOHAR is first Middle East Port with full LED street lighting
• New Philips lighting system will reduce power usage by up to 60%
• No glare lights will also enhance road safety around the Port

SOHAR Port and Freezone announced another first this week, with the installation of a full LED street lighting system for the Port and Freezone concession areas. Before the end of the year, over 2,200 streetlights will have been replaced with new energy efficient and low-maintenance luminaires from Philips. The new LED fixtures have a burn time of over 60,000 hours, without replacement or major maintenance, equivalent to around twelve years of normal usage.

Following a two-year research and testing phase for the best international solutions, SOHAR has invested over US$ 750,000 in the upgrade, which will substantially help to reduce carbon emissions thanks to power savings of around 60%. The Port plans to break even on the investment with reduced utility costs within four years.

In the future, the system can be upgraded to dim automatically when no one is using the road, to further reduce power usage. And there are long-term plans to power the system independently from the grid, using solar panels or other renewable energy sources. Safety in the Port’s concession areas will also be enhanced thanks to better lighting, especially at road junctions, and the evenly spread, low-glare quality of Philips LED lighting.

SOHAR has a well-earned reputation in the region for being at the forefront of environmental initiatives. SOHAR plays an active part in the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), and uses the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) to identify seagoing ships that perform better in reducing emissions than required by current global standards. SOHAR rewards cleaner ships by discounting its Port tariffs through the so-called Green Award scheme.

“For many international companies, the involvement of a world-class port like Rotterdam is a key contributing factor for their decision to invest in SOHAR,” says Andre Toet, CEO at SOHAR Port and Freezone. He continues: “All operations, marine and land side, must comply with best international practices and, as we continue to grow rapidly, we have to develop new concepts for the environmental management of the industrial complex as a whole; our new LED streetlights are just one recent example on the road ahead.”

Rami Hajjar, General Manager of Philips Lighting in the Middle East added: “The world’s population will grow by some 2.5 billion people by year 2050, and 80% of the world’s population will live in cities; therefore, we will need more light and more energy efficient light. Today, fewer than 12% of the world’s streetlights are LED and it is crucial to use energy efficient LED lighting for a sustainable world.”