Bahrain’s port to host $10 million solar project


APM Terminals Bahrain has launched a $10 million solar power project that will make Khalifa Bin Salman Port fully self-sufficient by the end of 2023. Through this project, the company seeks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

APM Terminals Bahrain, a subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it will use 20,000 solar photovoltaic panels for the project. The company says it will set an example for the entire maritime industry, using the energy to power various port operations, including container handling, crane operations, and lighting.

“We are very excited to take the first major step in our decarbonization 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, APM Terminals Bahrain.

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Bahrain wants to bring 255 MW of solar generation capacity online by 2025 by using net meteringtenders for large-scale projects, and a renewable energy mandate for new buildings. The kingdom’s renewable energy target envisages 700 MW of solar, wind and energy-from-waste generation capacity by 2030.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Middle Eastern country had just 12 MW of installed PV capacity by the end of 2022.

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