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AT&S has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NUR Power, the dedicated Independent Power Utility for Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP), to procure supply of renewable energy (RE) for its upcoming Malaysian plant in KHTP, Kedah, Malaysia. AT&S has in June, 2021 announced its investment of RM8.5 billion to set up its new high-end IC Substrates manufacturing facility in KHTP. Construction of the facility is currently ongoing and is expected to be operational by 2024.
Under the MOU Framework signed between the two companies, NUR Power will be providing solar energy for AT&S Kulim plant of 25MW in 2023 and up to 75MW by 2026 through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a period of at least 21 years. The committed solar energy is traceable and it will account for 30% of the annual energy consumption for the plant in the beginning with a potential of higher RE contribution in the future. In view of the fast track development of AT&S Kulim plant, both parties will work closely to ensure successful solar RE connection and capacity within the projected timeline.
The Chief Executive Officer of AT&S, Andreas Gerstenmayer, applauds the move, as “AT&S subscribes to the principles of Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG). Therefore, it is a very important step for us to acquire solar energy to run our Malaysian plant at Kulim Hi-Tech Park. We aim to achieve CO2 neutrality for the production in KHTP and aspire to achieve a caring and green company status. We see this step necessary as we commit to reduce our ecological footprint and to steward a greener environment for future generations.”
NUR Power’s Managing Director, Ikwan Hafiz Jamaludin seizes the opportunity to express his affirmation and says, “NUR Power lauds AT&S’ ESG commitment and is proud to be part of their RE CO2 neutrality effort. Our commitment to invest in solar energy forms part of NUR Power’s RE initiatives for our valued customers. As ESG will be driving future investment requirements for foreign and domestic investors alike, we will be focusing on efforts to increase RE supply whilst continuing to ensure high power quality and reliability in KHTP”.