PSA Mumbai has announced a partnership with O2 Power Pte Ltd (“O2 Power”) for the development of a 6.25 MW solar farm, which will power the terminal with renewable energy. The solar plant will be commissioned by the end of 2023. When completed, it will provide nearly 70% of PSA Mumbai’s power, reducing the terminal’s CO2 emissions by a projected 10,000 tonnes annually and more than 220,000 tonnes over its life.
O2 Power is a renewable energy platform in India owned by EQT Infrastructure and Temasek. It will develop and manage the solar farm located in Yavatmal, Maharashtra. The plant will be connected to PSA Mumbai via existing Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) infrastructure.
PSA Mumbai has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) to cooperate on reducing emissions in the area via nature-based solutions. The MOU was signed by Mr Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman of JNPA and Mr Wan Chee Foong, Regional CEO Middle East South Asia and Head of Group Business Development, PSA International.
PSA Mumbai is targeting a 50% reduction in its carbon emissions by 2030, against a 2019 baseline year. Other major initiatives underway to achieve this target include the large-scale electrification of its equipment fleet, including the deployment of an all-electric Rubber-tyred Gantry Crane (RTGC) fleet for its Phase 2 development. Electrification of all existing RTGCs in Phase 1 is underway and will be completed by 2027. Through a combination of further investments, plant expansion and purchases of green power, PSA Mumbai aims to eventually be fully powered by renewable energy.
Another exciting development is the potential to create a zero Scope 1 emission rail corridor from PSA Mumbai. When the electrified Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) rail link reaches Jawaharlal Nehru Port, a container from a vessel alongside PSA Mumbai could be moved with zero Scope 1 emissions via its DFC-ready rail yard all the way to the National Capital Region (NCR) and 59 ICD destinations currently served by rail from the terminal.
Mr Wan Chee Foong, Regional CEO of Middle East South Asia and Head of Group Business Development, PSA International, said: “Investing into our own large-scale solar farm together with our other green transport initiatives underscores our commitment towards sustainability. Our partnership with O2 Power for this renewable energy facility is a major step towards meeting our carbon emissions reduction targets and providing the market with leading sustainable transport options. By expanding our renewable energy access, accelerating equipment electrification and reducing emissions in other areas, we aim for PSA Mumbai users to be able to access a zero emissions corridor through the terminal and beyond. We also look forward to working with JNPA on exploring nature-based solutions for emissions reductions in the area, which will benefit both people and planet.”
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