Nickel Industries (NIC) remains dedicated to manufacturing environmentally friendly nickel products with minimal carbon emissions. One avenue towards achieving this goal is through a partnership with PT Sumber Energi Surya Nusantara (SESNA), a renewable energy company specializing in solar energy development.
NIC’s Sustainability Manager, Muchtazar, emphasized their joint commitment with SESNA to reduce carbon footprint, aiming for the production of clean and sustainable nickel. The utilization of solar power plants (PLTS) is considered a tangible step to cut down carbon emissions.
“This represents one of the measures we are taking to decrease our carbon footprint, including collaboration with SESNA and the efficient use of our energy,” stated Muchtazar during an interview with ANTARA in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Muchtazar explained that the nickel mining and processing area in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, possesses significant solar energy potential, making it highly suitable for nickel production operations.
The collaboration with SESNA is seen as highly strategic. Evaluation results indicate that solar power plants (PLTS) have substantial potential for nickel production, surpassing other renewable energy sources such as hydropower and wind.
“We are delighted to collaborate with SESNA, an Indonesian solar power provider. We prioritize local partners because we want the company’s presence to contribute positively to Indonesia’s development,” Muchtazar added.
As a starting point, the NIC project, through its subsidiary PT Hengjaya Mineralindo, has begun utilizing a hybrid PLTS with an initial capacity of 395 kilowatt-peak (kWp) to assess the advantages of solar energy sources.
The PLTS developed by SESNA is intended to support mining operations and employee accommodations.
Upon witnessing the success of this project, NIC is expanding the project with a larger capacity, namely 200 megawatt-peak (MWp), to serve as an energy source for nickel processing activities or smelters in the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park area.
“We are currently very satisfied with this collaboration and aim to increase the energy capacity from solar power for our mines and smelters in the future,” Muchtazar mentioned.
The use of PLTS aligns with the sustainability program undertaken by Nickel Industries, particularly in the environmental pillar, aiming to produce environmentally friendly nickel with a low carbon footprint.
Nickel is currently a crucial raw material in various products, including electric vehicle (EV) battery products. Thus, the use of PLTS is expected to contribute to the sustainable processing of nickel.
Muchtazar also refuted claims that operational costs associated with using environmentally friendly energy (EBT) were significantly high. According to him, PLTS can, in fact, result in cost savings.
“In collaboration with SESNA, renewable energy can be obtained at the same or even lower cost than conventional sources. Therefore, by implementing EBT, we can achieve long-term savings,” Muchtazar stated.
NIC hopes that the sustainable collaboration in developing PLTS with SESNA will continue in the future, ensuring the smooth operation of nickel mining and processing businesses.
Nickel Industries’ standing in the nickel mining sector is highly regarded. In early September 2023, the company received the Sustainability title at the TrenAsia ESG Awards.
PT Sumber Energi Surya Nusantara (SESNA) is a local renewable energy company focused on developing Solar Power Plant projects.
SESNA acts as a solution provider throughout the development process, from engineering and procurement to construction, as well as operations and maintenance.
Additionally, SESNA offers a ZERO CAPEX or Solar Rental investment scheme for the mining industry interested in transitioning to renewable energy more efficiently.
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