UAE. As part of its continued commitment to environment and energy conservation, global marine terminal operator DP World has inaugurated a pilot solar power system at its busiest Indian facility, Nhava Sheva, which will allow the Mumbai terminal to harness solar energy for its energy requirements.
With the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, the pilot solar power system will reduce the terminal’s annual power consumption by around 14,000 kWh (kilowatts per hour). Once tested, the project will be implemented on a larger scale, contributing greatly towards a more sustainable energy portfolio and reducing the site’s carbon footprint.
The solar power system has a capacity of 3,000 watts and has been set up at the engineering workshop within the DP World Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port. The state-of-the-art system is equipped with photovoltaic panels on the workshop roof, ensuring optimum access to readily available solar energy.
With the new solar power system switched on, various areas within the terminal such as the engineering offices, stores, locker rooms and sections of the workshop will no longer be dependent on purchased grid electricity. The system is designed to provide uninterrupted electricity supply.
Anil Singh, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Subcontinent Region, said: “This is a commendable initiative from the NSICT management showing leadership in integrating renewable energy into our sites, and an example of good stewardship. This energy sustainability project is in line with DP World’s overall commitment to preserving the environment in all communities in which we operate.”
Alpesh Sharma, CEO, DP World Nhava Sheva, said: “DP World Nhava Sheva is committed to following sustainable business practices that support energy conservation. This solar power system will actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions at our marine terminal and help in cutting operational costs and contribute towards maintaining a cleaner environment.”
DP World is one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world, with 49 terminals and 9 new developments and major expansions across 31 countries. Its dedicated, experienced and professional team of nearly 30,000 people serves customers in some of the most dynamic economies in the world.
In 2010, DP World handled nearly 50 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) across its portfolio from the Americas to Asia. With a pipeline of expansion and development projects in key growth markets, including India, China and the Middle East, capacity is expected to rise to around 95 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
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