India's First Renewable-Powered BMCT Terminal
BMCT, under the operation of PSA International Pvt Ltd and managed by Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Pvt Ltd, proudly declared itself as India's first container terminal solely powered by renewable energy. Collaborating with O2 Power Pvt Ltd, the establishment of a 7.8 MW solar farm stands as a notable achievement. BMCT, the largest among Jawaharlal Nehru Port's five container terminals in berth length and capacity, recorded its peak throughput of 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units in the year 2023, marking a significant milestone since its inauguration in February 2018.
PSA International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a state-holding company owned by the Singaporean government, has made significant progress in reducing emissions. The inauguration of the 7.8 MW solar farm is seen as a major achievement for BMCT, also known as PSA Mumbai. With plans to expand this farm to 10 MW by June 2024, an increase of 2.2 MW, the terminal aims to strengthen its sustainability initiatives. This expansion is projected to cover more than 75 percent of the facility's power needs, while the remaining renewable energy will be sourced from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) and other providers.
Projections suggest a notable decrease of around 16,000 tonnes in CO2 equivalent emissions annually, resulting in an estimated total reduction of over 350,000 tonnes over the terminal's operational lifetime. O2 Power, an Indian renewable energy platform supported by EQT Infrastructure from Sweden and Temasek Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, has developed and will manage the solar farm located in Beed, Maharashtra, with plans for expansion in Motala, Maharashtra. These solar facilities are connected to PSA Mumbai via existing MSEDCL infrastructure.