ENOC Group has opened a new service station at Al Marmoum First – a new highway – on Dubai-Al Ain Road as part of its expansion plans aimed at building 54 service stations by 2020, 16 of which are scheduled to open in 2018.
ENOC’s service station is the first in that area serving the upcoming and nearby communities and covers an area of 72,743 square feet.
Last year, ENOC piloted the first solar-powered service station in the country at its Dubai Internet City (DIC) facility. All future ENOC service stations including this one will be powered by solar energy to support the UAE’s long-term strategy to target an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country’s economic requirements and environmental goals.
The DIC station has Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar panels with an on-grid system installed on the canopy roof that can produce a peak capacity of 120kWh (Kilowatt per hour) energy on an ideal day – generating approximately 30% more than the average energy required to run the station. Built in line with the Dubai Municipality’s Green Build regulations, the excess power generated is transmitted back to DEWA’s main grid through a DEWA solar metre that tracks the power injected to the power grid.
The new station comes equipped with a host of smart and sustainable features including the Vapour Recovery System (VRS) to prevent emissions to the environment, full LED lights installed to save energy consumption by 50%, and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology for the air conditioning system, which saves 35% compared to conventional package AC systems.
Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: “For the last 25 years, ENOC Group has been fuelling the nation’s energy needs and the opening of the new service station falls within our long-term strategy to increase our UAE footprint by 40%. We remain committed to implementing new technologies that promote sustainability and improve the health and safety standards for our customers.”
Among other sustainable initiatives is the implementation of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), certified double wall tanks and fuel piping with secondary containment to safeguard against potential environmental contamination. The fuel system is fully automated with an auto tank gauging and electronic leak detection system.
To reduce waiting periods, dispensers are built with retractable hoses to enable refuelling of cars from both sides offering ENOC customers a service that eases their refuelling experience.
The entrance and exit to the station are designed as per the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) guidelines for safe manoeuvring of vehicles and to reduce traffic congestion within the station.
Visitors to the new station also stand to benefit from a variety of convenient retail facilities including a ZOOM convenience store, Pronto, a drive-thru McDonalds, a drive-thru ATM, a cafeteria and a Prayer Room.
Customers can also benefit from a variety of payment methods such as ENOC’s cashless and credit card-less ViP system, NoL card and mobile payments via Dubai Now and ENOC Pay which will be launching soon.