Sany signs major electric truck deal with SGP

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Sany has signed a contract with Saudi Global Ports to supply King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam with 80 electric trucks.

Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer Sany Marine Heavy Industry has signed a contract with Saudi Global Ports (SGP) to supply King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam with 80 electric prime movers (e-PMs).

As part of the purchase, Sany will also supply the charging stations and provide the relevant training for SGP employees to maintain and service the e-PMs and charging stations. The e-PMs are set to become fully operational at around end-October 2024.

The agreement to purchase the e-PMs was signed at transport logistic China 2024 where SGP was exhibiting alongside other Saudi Arabia government entities and companies.

The order marks Sany’s largest global contract to manufacture and supply electric trucks. According to the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) the order is being placed as part of the commercial concession contracts signed by Mawani with Saudi Global Ports, valued at 7 billion Saudi Riyals (US$1.87 billion).

“We are excited to spearhead this transformative initiative that reinforces our commitment to sustainability and demonstrates our approach to innovative solutions. Our sincere gratitude to Mawani (Saudi Ports Authority) for support in guiding SGP towards achieving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and Green Saudi goals, and utmost appreciation to SGP’s technical partner, PSA International, for sharing their experience and expertise in e-PMs and sustainable ports,” CEO of SGP Edward Tah said.

@ Photo by Mawani

Commenting on the order, Omar Hariri, President of Mawani, said the agreement will contribute to developing and modernizing King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam to become a flexible and sustainable logistics hub.

Electric trucks play a crucial environmental role in ports by emitting zero exhaust emissions, thereby reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. They offer higher energy efficiency and substantial savings in operational and maintenance costs, Mawani said.

The contract with Sany comes on the back of a recent delivery of three quay cranes and three hybrid automated RTGs from ZPMC at King Abdulaziz Port Dammam.

The cranes are scheduled for operational readiness by August 2024 after about eight weeks of testing and commissioning.  SGP has also placed orders for an additional 15 hybrid-RTGs slated for delivery in July 2024.

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