The Indian Ministry of Shipping are taking major leaps towards green efficiency and sustainability by highlighting the benefits of major ports using renewable energies.
The ministry plans to set up 91.50 MW of solar energy capacity at the twelve Major Ports and 45 MW of wind energy capacity by the two Major Ports of Kandla and V. O. Chidambaranar. Major ports have already initiated the setting up process by pledging USD $104 million into the projects.
In a statement, the ministry said “When completed, these renewable energy projects will help in the reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 136,500 MT annually. These projects will also help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilisation of renewable energy for power generation, resulting in estimated saving of USD 11.1 million annually, when fully commissioned”.
The renewable energy projects are intending to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 136,500 MT annually. These projects will also help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilisation of renewable energy for power generation.
The wind energy projects will be executed by two Major Ports, which are Kandla Port and V.O. Chidambaranar Port. The total capacity of the wind energy projects is 45 MW out of which 6 MW has already been commissioned by Kandla Port.
A total of 15.20 MW of solar projects has also been commissioned with Visakhapatnam Port leading the way with 9 MW, while the other ports in which solar projects have been commissioned are Kolkata Port (0.06 MW), New Mangalore Port (4.35 MW), V.O. Chidambaranar Port (0.5 MW), Mumbai Port (0.125 MW), Chennai Port (0.1 MW), Mormugao (0.24 MW) & JNPT (0.82 MW). The remaining solar power projects will be commissioned phase wise and is expected to be completed by 2018.
In related news, DP World recently agreed to commit $1 billion to the growth of India’s maritime and inland trade industries.