Nickel Mines (NIC) signs an agreement to develop a 200 MWp solar farm project in the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) in the south of Central Sulawesi Province.
The ‘Project Initiator’ of the project will be PT Sumber Energi Surya Nusantara (SESNA) who will own, build, commission, finance, and operate the solar farm project. NIC is planning to utilize green energy which will provide power to its nickel processing operations in the country.
SESNA will finalize and deliver the project proposal in the coming 3 months and after that NIC can either terminate the agreement of proceed with it at its discretion.
Managing Director Justin Werner said, “As part of the company’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions we are delighted to further expand our existing relationship with SESNA through the signing of this MoU for the potential provision of 200MWp of solar power.”
He added, “It is estimated this solar project could supply up to 20 per cent of HNI and RNI’s current electricity requirements and in doing so account for a material reduction in annual CO2 emissions.”
The total existing capacity of solar farm project is 396kWp plus 250kWh of battery storage at Hengjaya Nickel Mine which is 80% owned by Nickel Mines. This site currently uses diesel-powered generators but with this solar farm project, the diesel consumption will be reduced by around 31 million litres.