10 MW solar PV plant at Vishakhapatnam port, Andhra Pradesh

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Overview

Jakson Group successfully commissioned a 10 MW solar power plant at Vishakhapatnam port, Andhra Pradesh. Jakson provided complete turnkey EPC services that included design & engineering, procurement, supply of equipment and materials, testing, inspection and commissioning along with associated civil works. Jakson also provided comprehensive operation and maintenance for a period of 7 years from the date of commissioning. The project spread over an area of over 50 acres, was commissioned in two stages, with 6.25 MW in the first stage and 3.75 MW being commissioned subsequently. Powering the facility is a set of 36,620 high efficiency solar PV modules of 310 Wp each. The plant generates approximately 150 lakh units of electricity, to be used primarily for running day to day operations of the port. Any additional units generated, will be sold to power utilities using net metering facility. By virtue of this installation, Vishakhapatnam port became the first among 12 major ports in India to use renewable energy for its operations.

Highlights

Plant Capacity 10 MW

No. of modules installed 36620

Modules type Polycrystalline type

Modules rating 310 watts

Annual generation capacity 15,000,000 kWh (Approx.)

Annual electricity cost savings 4.8 – 5.5 Cr

Annual CO2 offset 12,000 tons

 

About the client

Visakhapatnam Port is one of 12 major ports in India and the only major port of Andhra Pradesh. It is India's second largest port by volume of cargo handled. It is located on the east coast of India and is located midway between the Chennai and Kolkata Ports.

Visakhapatnam Port has three harbours - the outer harbour, inner harbour and the fishing harbour. The outer harbour has 6 berths capable of handling vessels with a draft up to 17 meters while the smaller inner harbour has 18 berths that are Panamax compatible. The Dolphin's Nose Hill to the north of the entrance channel protects the harbour from cyclones that strike the east coast.

 

 

Business need

In an effort to switch to renewable sources of energy to power the country’s major ports, the Ministry of Shipping signed an MOU with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in October 2015 for the development of solar power projects at major ports across India. The plan is to set up 91.50 MW of solar energy capacity at the twelve ports across the country. When completed, these renewable energy projects will help in the reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 136,500 MT annually. These projects will also help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilization of renewable energy for power generation, resulting in estimated saving of about INR 750 million annually.

 

Solution

Jakson Group successfully commissioned a 10 MW solar power plant at Vishakhapatnam port, Andhra Pradesh. Jakson provided complete turnkey EPC services that included design & engineering, procurement, supply of equipment and materials, testing, inspection and commissioning including comprehensive operation and maintenance for a period of 7 years. All associated civil, structural, electrical & mechanical work for land preparation was done by Jakson. Jakson also provided for SCADA compatible solar PCUs with and state-of-the-art plant monitoring system for data acquisition and remote monitoring facilities with provision for data transfer to the State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC).

The project spread over an area of over 50 acres, was commissioned in two stages, with 6.25 MW in the first stage and 3.75 MW being commissioned subsequently. Powering the facility is a set of 36,620 high efficiency solar PV modules of 310 Wp each. The plant generates approximately 150 lakh units of electricity, to be used primarily for running day to day operations of the port. Any additional units generated, will be sold to power utilities using net metering facility.

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COVID 19 UPDATE

Dear Stakeholders

The outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic is a cause of concern for all of us. In these extraordinary circumstances, we at Jakson, are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving scenario and have put in place a slew of measures to ensure business continuity, employee safety so as to minimise impact of any disruptions. We remain deeply committed to our customers/stakeholders/employees and would like to update you on some of these actions:

  • Cross Functional Team - A cross functional team comprising members across various functions has been set up to monitor the situation. This team interacts every day to review customer orders, project sites status, supply chain constraints, review updates and take up risk mitigation actions.
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  • Risk Mitigation Plans – We are closely working with our business teams and developing specific contingency plans to minimise disruptions to all our customers.
  • Work from Home for Employees – For the safety of our employees, we are encouraging work from home, while at the same time ensuring sufficient access to data & technology. We also have a skeleton staff presence by rotation supporting the operations wherever its possible
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  • Employee Motivation - In these testing times, we continue to assure our employees and their families, of our commitment & support irrespective of anticipated business disruptions.
  • Stepping up CSR Activities - We are fully cognisant of the global & India impact of this pandemic and are therefore gearing up to commit a heightened level of participation and support to society through our CSR initiatives. We will keep you updated on these initiatives as well.



Jakson has a rich heritage of 70 years, which has been built on principles of strong commitment, trust & relationship. We wish to reiterate this and remain committed in the belief that together we will tide over the current situation.

We thank you for your association and support.


Warm Regards,

Sameer Gupta, CMD & Sundeep Gupta, VCMD