Oman’s Salalah Port has launched a solar energy project, which it says is capable of producing around 30 kW of energy.
Still in its experimental phase, the amount of energy generated by solar cells during the winter season so far has been 6,148 kWh, the Port said in a statement. The solar cells, which have been installed in parking spaces close to the main administration centre, are expected to improve environmental protection performance and reduce operational costs.
According to the Port: “The solar cells are connected directly to the electricity grid and all of the lighting of the port management building is now powered by solar energy. The project is expected to significantly reduce energy expenditure in the port.”
The Port of Salalah recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at a gala event at the Millennium Salalah Resort, which hosted around 200 employees who have been associated with the port since its inception in 1998. Ahmed Ali Akak, deputy chief executive, thanked those employees who had worked hard to turn the port from a small regional facility into an international hub through hard work.
He added, “The port has achieved many milestones over the years and I would stay we have capitalised on our people. More than 220 staff members who started with the company are still with us and that shows their level of commitment.”