ENOC Group announced plans to add 62 retail and service stations to its network by 2020 to meet the requirements of Expo 2020 Dubai.
ENOC Group will expand its retail network to 191, from current 129 with stations across the UAE in the lead up to Expo 2020 Dubai as its Official Integrated Energy Partner.
Alongside, the group will also expand its local presence across the Northern Emirates through reopening service stations in Sharjah; Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
In 2019, ENOC plans to open 15 service stations across the UAE, with five service stations and three compact stations in Dubai. The group will also move forward with its plans for Sharjah by opening five service stations in its reclaimed locations; one new service station in Fujairah, one in Ras Al Khaimah and three compact stations.
Separately, the company said it will increase its service station network in Saudi Arabia by more than eight fold by 2030 to reach 124 stations to meet the growing fuel station demand in the GCC’s largest market that is home to over 33 million residents and spans 2.15 million square kilometres in size. The new service stations will be strategically spread across different locations across the Kingdom covering east, west and central regions, with the objective of boosting the quality of infrastructure to bring last mile connectivity, especially for the rural parts of the country. Over the next five years, ENOC plans to open 45 new service stations. From 2024 to 2028, the group plans to further expand its retail operations across the Kingdom by opening 65 new ENOC stations.
His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group chief executive officer of ENOC, said: “We are committed and well-prepared to support the UAE’s expansion vision by building a robust fuel retail infrastructure needed in the run up to EXPO 2020, expected to attract over 20 million visitors, and beyond.
“In addition to meeting the needs of this world-class event, we are also focused on expanding our footprint across the UAE to ensure that the communities we serve have easy and convenient access to fuel and other automotive, F&B and convenience store amenities.”
By the year 2020, the group plans to build a total of 47 service stations, which will include 25 stations in Sharjah, four in the Northern Emirates and 15 stations in Dubai, three of which are confirmed at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, in addition to three compact stations.
The compact station is a new fuelling format introduced last year offering customers accessible and convenient refuelling services. The first of these will be in Sustainable City, while future stations will be located in residential communities operated by Emaar and Meydan.
In 2017, ENOC announced that all future service stations will be powered by Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar panels. ENOC currently operates more than 14 service stations in Dubai using solar energy, generating an estimate of 651 MWh of electricity across its retail stations since 2017, which is equivalent to 80 homes' electricity use for one year.
The service stations in Sharjah will also have provisions to install PV solar panels once solar energy is integrated into the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) grid.