Muscat: The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) installed charging devices for electric vehicles, as a new service for investors who visit the premises and to encourage employees to own electric vehicles. This endeavour comes in line with the government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to complement the incentives announced recently in this regard.
Abdulmajeed bin Abdullah Al Ansari, General Manager of the Support Services Sector at the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones, said, “As a first phase, OPAZ installed a charging device for electric vehicles in the designated parking lots in OPAZ premises in Muscat. This comes as part of a gradual initiative that includes increasing the number of devices in the buildings in Muscat and of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. Further, OPAZ will make the electric vehicles charging service available in all the existing and under development free and economic zones and industrial cities that are affiliated with OPAZ.”
“As the demand for the service is expected to increase in light of the incentive package recently announced by the government for those who purchase electric vehicles, OPAZ will respond to the commendable demand for this service, whether by visitors or employees. OPAZ is always seeking to keep abreast of the various technical developments by providing an advanced infrastructure to support the use of modern technologies. In this regard, it has already started using artificial intelligence techniques on its premises post using these technologies in Duqm. It adopted central monitoring from its office in Muscat to reduce overconsumption of energy and water in the buildings”, Al Ansari added.
He further explained, “Bringing the electric vehicles chargers marks a new addition, reflecting OPAZ’s plan to own some electric vehicles for official use in Muscat and Duqm on an experimental basis. Moreover, this serves to spread the culture of environmental sustainability in particular among employees and visitors as there is a high interest from the economic zones and free zones to produce solar and wind energy. Thus, the move towards using electric vehicles requires a change in the culture”.
It is noteworthy that these new charging devices will provide many advantages for OPAZ employees and visitors. These devices will provide fast and effective charging for various types of electric vehicles, and enhance the charging experience safely and smoothly while users complete their work.