Muscat: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has celebrated a new Guinness World Record for installing the highest number of solar reflective lights ever on a road.
The Company has fitted 43,550 sun-powered “cat’s eye” units on a 650 kilometre stretch of highway in the south of its concession area from Haima to Salalah via Nimr, Marmul, Harweel and Thumrait.
The LED (light-emitting diode) reflective studs are charged by the sun during the day and automatically turn on when the light is low, at night or in a harsh weather environment, such as fog, rain or sandstorms.
Since the installation of the reflectors was completed in February, there has not been a single fatality or accident at night or in inclement conditions on the route.
PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci was presented with a commemorative shield from Guinness Book of World Records representative Ahmed Gamaledin Ahmed Gabr at a special ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Muscat. The Company’s new record beats the previous one set in Japan over a 220 kilometre distance.
Restucci said: “PDO is strongly committed to road safety and we have launched a range of different initiatives to reduce hazards and improve driving standards and vehicle maintenance.
“These solar reflective lights represent one such initiative but they have significantly helped to avoid accidents due to poor visibility and make motoring safer for the many thousands of people – PDO staff, contractors and members of the general public – who use the route.