COVID lockdowns in China worsening solar and also energy storage shipping crisis

Apr 12, 2022 01:32 PM ET
  • COVID-related lockdowns in China are creating port congestion and delays to shipments of clean energy materials, worsening a currently limited supply chain circumstance.
COVID lockdowns in China worsening solar and also energy storage shipping crisis
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COVID-19 infections have actually spiralled in China in current weeks, with both Shanghai as well as Ningbo having actually been placed into stringent lockdowns. Shanghai and also Ningbo are also the areas of 2 critical ports and sea freight hubs as well as incorporated are stated to manage the substantial majority-- upwards of 90%-- of solar module export volume from China.

In a note provided recently, JinkoSolar said that congestion at ports had boosted by almost ten-fold in the past fortnight, with shipping huge Maersk also warning of significant transportation delays as a result of the Shanghai lockdown.

Roadway products in the region has likewise been limited as a result of the lockdowns.

JinkoSolar stated that while congestion at the ports of Shanghai as well as Ningbo normally aggravates in April, delays being felt currently are even worse than normal and also, because of this, the 'Solar Module Super League' producer has warned of longer delivery times as well as increases in transportation expenses.

"It is not a single logistic concern; it affects all export cargo. So, understanding as well as patience are required, and being upgraded with the current shipping information is also necessary. Because the very start of this outbreak in Shanghai, Jinkosolar has actually kept close communication and participation with vessels providers to prioritise handling of queued containers, planning for knock-on effects to reduce the impact of the lockdown on the port's vessel backlog," Dany Qian, VP at JinkoSolar, stated.

JinkoSolar has likewise recommended that anywhere possible, EPCs and distributors increase stock degrees and also safe and secure orders for projects as soon as possible, with pricing trends not likely to fall.

Delays are also being experienced in the energy storage room, with programmer Ameresco proclaiming force majeure on a 2.1 GWh project under development in California as a result of delays in the transportation of lithium-ion batteries meant for the site.

Delivering congestion has been felt throughout most of the globe's significant ports over the past 12 months and also while it has reduced of late, United States developers and EPCs were recognized to be experiencing significant delays at the twin ports of Lengthy Beach and also Los Angeles throughout Q4 2021 and also Q1 2022, as many suppliers kept in mind in their particular outcomes disclosures.

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