Nidec ASI inks sustainability project worth $2.7 million

aerial view of the city of sete, france, with port. photo taken at sunrise.

Nidec ASI has won a public tender for implementing a “shore-to-ship” power project for the Port of Sète, in the south of France.

The signed contract is worth €2.5 million ($2.7 million) with Port Sud de France. 

This contract is aimed at setting up electrical power systems that will allow ships moored in the port to draw the energy required to be fully operational from the quays, without the need to keep their polluting diesel engines running. 

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The project will have a positive impact on the quality of life of local communities and on tourism, a key sector in the French economy. 

It will also comply with EU directives, which will become binding by 2025, and which stipulate that all European ports must adopt electrification systems for port quays.

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The Port of Sète is located along the coast of the Gulf of Lion (in Mediterranean France), in the Hérault region. 

It is a multifunctional port, which offers a commercial area, an area dedicated to fishing boats and a recreational craft area, which spreads throughout the city area. 

The French port will house three turnkey power supply systems which will be developed to power three different quays, consisting of converters and transformers developed in the Milan and Montebello plants. This will allow adapting the voltage and frequency of the supply network to what is required by the ships. 

The French plants of the Roche La Molière and Istres Group will instead act as system integrators, managing all the engineering and project management activities, as well as the commissioning, monitoring, control and maintenance of the plant. 

These systems are characterised by their ease of installation and connection to the network and by their compactness, which allows reducing their environmental impact. 

Delivery of the converters is scheduled for July 2023 and commissioning of the systems by November 2023.

CEO of Nidec ASI and Chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions, Dominique Llonch, said: “We were among the first players to promote the electrification of port quays, a decisive solution for reducing the environmental impact of port activities, for greater safety and for energy savings, and today we are the point of reference for this type of projects.

“This new order confirms the competitiveness of our plug and play solutions, which guarantee high performance at the best price.

“We are convinced that the future of ports will be based on electric power in any area: road transport to move containers, automation of cranes and electric cars to move around within the port perimeter,” Llonch added. 

This new project, together with other shore-to-ship systems implemented elsewhere, make Nidec ASI a true leader in the evolution of the maritime and port sector towards becoming all-electric and sustainable.

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