Muscat: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has set 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, beating the previous record set in Japan over a 220-kilometre stretch of road.
"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, and today we celebrated 750 million kilometres without a work related road safety fatality," Raoul Restucci, Managing Director at PDO told Times of Oman exclusively.
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.
"We have been at this for many, many years and turned every stone in vehicle monitoring systems, training programmes, defensive driving and various technologies, and today we were able to celebrate an incredible achievement," Restucci added.
Restucci was presented with a commemorative shield from Guinness Book of World Records representative Ahmed Gamaledin Ahmed Gabr at a special ceremony at Crowne Plaza Muscat on Wednesday, December 19.