Colombian delegation travels to Port of València to observe hydrogen technologies

Colombian delegation travels to Port of València to observe hydrogen technologies

The Colombian Government has sent a large delegation to the Valencian docks formed by William Camargo, Minister of Transport of Colombia, to witness the hydrogen technologies used in its operations.

Delegates included Irene Vélez, Minister of Mines and Energy, Cristian Diaz, Vice-Minister of Mines and Energy, and Gillian Maghmud, Colombian Consul in Valencia.

Together with them and on behalf of the PAV, Joan Calabuig, President of Valenciaport, Federico Torres, Director of Ecological Transition of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), Antonio Torregrosa, Manager of the Valenciaport Foundation (FVP), and Josep Sanz, Director of Energy Transition and Sustainability of FVP, were also present.

“We will try to apply the hydrogen knowledge we are acquiring in the Port of València to our ports,” said Camargo during his visit to the docks of Valenciaport.

Valenciaport’s decarbonisation plans, and its environmental strategy completed the agenda of this meeting.

READ: Valenciaport sustains contraction of freight traffic in June

Both Camargo and the Colombian Minister of Energy showed special interest in the H2PORTS project and its ongoing pilots with various applications for the use of hydrogen.

These applications include the 4×4 truck tractor unit powered by this green energy to move containers within its terminals, the hydrogen plant (supply station) – which they subsequently visited – that was installed in January on the Xità quay, and also, the hydrogen ReachStacker that Hyster is developing.

“The green hydrogen projects of the Port of Valencia show that the ports can be at the forefront in ecological transition,” affirmed Camargo. 

Earlier this month, the PAV and Illescas Town Council signed a contract for the collaborative promotion of the future rail freight terminal of the Iberum multimodal central platform.

More recently, the PAV initiated a bidding process for the installation of an electrical substation, enabling ships entering the docks of Valencia to switch off their engines.

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