APM Terminals (APMT) Bahrain, the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port, has officially announced the launch of a solar power project worth approximately BHD3.8 million ($10 million).
This project is anticipated to make the port energy self-sufficient by the end of 2023 and the regions first fully solar-energy powered seaport.
By implementing this project, the terminal expects to reduce its carbon emissions by 65 per cent while also securing a reliable and sustainable source of energy, effectively making Khalifa Bin Salman Port the region’s first fully energy-sufficient seaport.
The solar power project is a part of APMT’s global decarbonisation plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2040.
The project is also in line with government’s targets of reducing Bahrain’s emissions by 30 per cent by 2035 and achieve net zero by 2060.
By the end of the solar implementation project, APMT Bahrain will have installed 20,000 solar photovoltaic panels capable of generating 18.5 Gigawatts of electricity per year.
According to APMT Bahrain, this renewable energy source will produce clean and sustainable energy for powering various port operations, including container handling, crane operations, and lighting.
“We are very excited to take the first major step in our decarbonisation plans, which will make Khalifa Bin Salman Port the region’s first seaport to be fully powered by renewable energy,” said Farooq Zuberi, Chief Finance Officer and Interim Managing Director, APMT Bahrain.
“We are constantly striving to develop more sustainable and responsible business practices in order to serve better our customers and the communities in which we work,” Zuberi added.
This launch comes several months after APMT and the Bahraini Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications began closely collaborating to further develop the Kingdom’s maritime sector.