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Sembcorp Signs Agreement with Saint-Gobain to Supply 33 MW of RE Power for 25 Years

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Sembcorp will supply 33 MW of locally-sourced, renewable power to Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing units in Sriperumbudur, Perundurai and Tiruvallur in India.

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Sembcorp, a leading power producer, announced Tuesday that it had signed an agreement to supply 33 MW of electricity from renewable sources to Saint-Gobain manufacturing facilities for 25-years. This will help the construction materials firm reach its carbon reduction goals.

French glass and building materials major Saint-Gobain Indian and Green Infra Wind Energy, (GIWEL), a subsidiary Sembcorp Green Infra (SGIL), signed a long-term agreement for wind-solar hybrid energy supply.

“With like-minded partners such as Sembcorp we are embarking upon a low-carbon to no-carbon age, a world all of us can proudly call our own and that future generations will enjoy,” stated AR Unnikrishnan (Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass Business).

According to a statement, the power supply to Saint-Gobain’s production facilities will be provided by a special purpose vehicle. GIWEL will own 74% and Saint-Gobain Indian will have the remainder.

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“This association will further support our goal to manufacture sustainable construction materials here in India. The agreement with Sembcorp aims to achieve the ambitious goal of 100% Green Power by 2027-28. It is also another step in the continued efforts to increase green capacity through green power generators, and to meet our sustainability targets,” Venkat Subramanian (Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Gyproc Business) said.

Saint-Gobain stated that its businesses in India have placed emphasis on sustainable growth, and are aligned to the Sustainable Energy Goals of India.

“The partnership with Saint-Gobain demonstrates our competitiveness in renewable energy and aligns well with Sembcorp’s brown to green transformation. We are supporting industry leaders such as Saint-Gobain to achieve their carbon neutrality goals by supporting them through green partnerships. This is a long-term commitment towards India’s green transition. “Hybrid wind-solar energy is a viable, clean, and reliable supply option to help India’s Atmanirbhar Manufacturing Ambitions,” stated Vipul Tuli CEO, South Asia, Sembcorp Industries.

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Saint-Gobain India currently has multiple solar plants installed across India. Captive solar plants will replace nearly 22 million units required to generate electricity by 2022. Saint-Gobain India’s electricity consumption will be 44% by 2023 thanks to renewables. The statement stated that rainwater harvesting, urban forest development, and bio-diversity are still key areas of climate action.

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