Oman's PDO wins award for solar cat-eyes
Company wins Best Engineering Innovation at road safety event
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has won a Best Engineering Innovation award at the third annual Intelligent Transportation Systems & Road Safety Forum in Qatar award for the incorporation of solar power into cat’s eye lights.
The company won for installing 3,000 reflector units on a 73km stretch of road between Nimr and Rima in the south of the company’s concession area.
The devices store the sun’s energy during the daytime and then are automatically illuminated by a sensor when visibility falls below 40% during the dark or in hazardous weather conditions.
PDO’s corporate health, safety and environment manager mohamed al Salmani said: “We are delighted to win such a prestigious award as it is international recognition for the significant steps we have been taking on road safety.
“PDO is a socially responsible citizen and we are absolutely committed to doing all we can to protect the lives of our employees, contractors and all motorists wherever possible.
“The solar reflectors combine the innovative use of technology and renewable energy — both key priorities for us — and their introduction has drastically reduced the traffic casualty rate.
“We will continue to use traditional road safety methods, such as publicity drives, training and education, as well as implement new ones in our unrelenting road safety effort.”