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WACT Set for 1.2GWh Solar Power Purchase

Jeethu Jose (r), managing director of West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), and Ladi Sanni (l), managing director of Starsight Energy Nigeria, at the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement for a 1.2GWh solar power at Onne Port, Rivers State recently.

APM Terminals’ West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has signed a strategic power purchase agreement with Starsight Energy, a pan-African clean energy company, for a 1.2 gigawatt-hour (GWh) solar power at its facility in Onne Port, Rivers State.

WACT said the partnership marks a significant step forward in the company’s vision on its net zero journey.

Under the agreement, Starsight Energy will deliver 1.2GWh of solar green energy to WACT for 15 years. This green energy will cover approximately 30 percent of the total terminal consumption and shows its commitment to leading Eastern ports’ energy transition journey in alignment with APM Terminals’ overall strategy of decarbonising its operations across the globe.

Speaking during the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement, Jeethu Jose, managing director of WACT, said he is passionate about decarbonisation and green energy.

“A year or two back, I wasn’t 100 percent sure we would reach here. As part of the overall group’s strategy to decarbonise the entire industry in the world, Nigeria plays a key role in that and for me, is the first big step towards that journey. Today is a moment we record in WACT’s history as something that we would all be proud of,” he said.

Also speaking, Ladi Sanni, managing director of Starsight Energy, said the partnership supports the company’s mission of building a long-term relationship and assisting global brands like APM Terminals’ WACT transit to diversify their energy supply by harnessing the power of clean, renewable energy sources, such as solar.

He said the power purchase agreement is a testament to WACT’s forward-thinking energy management and environmental stewardship approach.

“It involves installing a 1092kWp solar-only system, which will be executed via a Power Purchase Agreement. The project impact will substantially reduce WACT’s carbon footprint/CO2 emissions by circa 15 million Kg over the contract tenor. This project also aligns with the broader objectives of moving away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels towards cleaner energy, which positively impacts the wider Nigerian energy sector.

“Starsight Energy will leverage its expertise in power generation using solar renewable energy sources and cutting-edge, data-driven technology to provide value to WACT,” Sanni said.

WACT, which APM Terminals own, is the first Greenfield container terminal in Nigeria to be built under a Public-Private Partnership model. The terminal is located within the Oil and Gas Free Zone in Onne Port, Rivers State.

Over the years, it has become the most efficient gateway to markets outside West Nigeria and a major gateway to East Nigeria.

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