PSA Mumbai has announced a partnership with O2 Power Pte Ltd (O2 Power) for the development of a 6.25 Megawatt (MW) solar farm.
The solar plant will be commissioned by the end of 2023.
When completed, it will provide nearly 70 per cent 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, a renewable energy platform in India owned by EQT Infrastructure and Temasek2, 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 Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman of JNPA and Wan Chee Foong, Regional CEO of Middle East South Asia and Head of Group Business Development, PSA International.
PSA Mumbai is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2030.
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At the ceremony, Foong 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.”
Other decarbonisation initiatives at PSA Mumbai 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.
In February 2022 PSA Mumbai inaugurated a new 1-Megawatt (MW) solar farm.