Construction for BSP’s solar plant begins

Izah Azahari

Construction for Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd’s (BSP) solar plant is officially underway, after a ground-breaking ceremony at the G11 site on Jalan Tengah, Seria.

The 3.3 MWp utility-scale solar PV plant, which will see the installation of about 7,000 solar panels, is another milestone for BSP.

Once operational, the low-carbon electricity generated from the solar panels will offset some of the power used by the BSP Headquarters building on Jalan Utara in Panaga.

The solar power generated is equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 600 households per year.

The site clearance began last March, with BSP being committed to plant three trees for every tree removed during the process. This tree-replanting activity will be conducted together with the nearby community and BSP staff.

BSP Managing Director Dr Ceri M Powell, Head of Onshore Projects and Constructions Norhayati binti Merzuki and Head of Energy Transition Shirley Sikun break the first ground at the project site.
The solar project team in a group photo. PHOTOS: BSP

Managing Director of BSP Dr Ceri M Powell said in her remarks that with BSP continuing to provide oil and gas for customers, it was important for them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and play a part in the global transition towards low-carbon energy systems.

“BSP is committed to increase renewable energy uptake within our operational and non-operational assets such as our offices. This BSP solar project is a demonstration of that commitment, and continues us on the journey of energy diversification and decarbonisation,” she added.

Dr Powell, together with BSP Head of Onshore Projects and Constructions Norhayati binti Merzuki and BSP Head of Energy Transition Shirley Sikun, broke the first ground at the project site.

The special occasion, in keeping with social distancing measures, was also attended by project team members and representatives of Eigen Energy – BSP’s appointed contractor.

The solar project, expected to be completed by early 2021, will also provide the platform for capability-building for Bruneians, especially in expanding their skillsets in renewable energy. As such, this is another cornerstone, enabling BSP to continue fuelling Brunei’s future for generations to come.