Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Steel Industries (Emek) to switch some vehicles, like forklifts running with gasoline or diesel, at construction sites to operate on CNG. The agreement also includes the installation of a fueling station for private vehicles at work sites, reported The Gulf Today. The initiative is seen as a forward leap to ensure preservation of the environment and sustainable future.
According to Sewa Chairman, Rashid Al Leem, the project aims to provide alternative sources of energy for the operation of heavy machines like cranes and supplying CNG filling stations at work sites which are connected to gas pipeline network. “The local gas grid covers most of the industrial and commercial areas in Sharjah and this project is the first of its kind in the UAE and the Middle East,” he said.
The MoU states that Sewa will take the necessary action to convert a number of vehicles and heavy units to run on CNG, while Emek will provide all needed equipment and maintenance tools for two years, besides ensuring the regulations and special conditions of safety and security.
During the next phase of the project, forklifts and mechanical vehicles in all medium, large and very large warehouses in the industrial and commercial areas and free zones in Sharjah will be converted to operate on natural gas and the target number is at least 20 industrial projects in the first year, Al Leem said.