Infrastructure contract involves developing renewable energy strategies and designing main plants and distribution networks for 5.5 million m2 Abu Dhabi development

Mott MacDonald has won a deal to design the infrastructure for the £16bn Masdar project in Abu Dhabi, which developers claim will be the world’s first carbon neutral and zero waste city.

The firm has been appointed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to develop renewable energy strategies and design the main plants and utility distribution networks that will serve the 5.5 million m² development.

Plans for the city, where cars will be banned, include a Personal Rapid Transport system (PRT) which will run on renewable energy.

Ian Clarke, Mott MacDonald’s managing director in the Middle East, said: “We are thrilled that Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company has chosen us to assist on Masdar. Our appointment enables us to consolidate our profile as world leaders in the field of sustainability and furthermore help place Abu Dhabi at the centre of sustainable development.”