Decarbonization Drive: Solar Project at Port of Richards Bay in South Africa
Key Ideas
  • Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) appoints Amulet Group Consortium to build a 20 MW solar PV plant at the Port of Richards Bay as part of decarbonization efforts.
  • The project is a step towards TNPA's goal of installing 100 MW of renewable energy across South Africa's eight commercial seaports by 2026.
  • TNPA's energy mix strategy includes plans for LNG, micro grids, battery energy storage systems, and exploration of green fuels like hydrogen for its marine fleet.
  • TNPA has also issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the development of a hydrogen fuel terminal at major South African ports, showing commitment to sustainable energy solutions.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in South Africa has selected Amulet Group Consortium to construct and manage a 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the Port of Richards Bay, as part of their efforts to decarbonize major ports. The project is a component of TNPA's initiative to deploy around 100 MW of renewable energy across eight commercial seaports in the country. Following an RFP process, the consortium will oversee the development and operation of the solar power and battery energy system at the Port of Richards Bay for seven years, with expectations for completion by May 2026. TNPA aims to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from coal-generated electricity through this renewable energy solution. In addition to solar power, TNPA is incorporating LNG, micro grids, and battery energy storage systems into its energy mix, and is considering the utilization of green fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia for its marine fleet. The organization's holistic approach towards sustainable practices includes exploring the establishment of a hydrogen fuel terminal and associated facilities at South African ports, as evidenced by the Request for Information (RFI) issued last year. This proactive stance showcases TNPA's commitment to transitioning towards environmentally friendly energy sources and reducing the carbon footprint in the maritime sector.

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