The Port of Barcelona has chosen Danish PowerCon A/S to implement the pilot project to provide electrical power to ships at BEST terminal.
The project is part of Phase Zero of the Plan of Dock Electrification developed by the Port of Barcelona and includes the drafting and execution of the project, as well as the connection and disconnection service of the ships and the maintenance of the installation.
The contract has been awarded for €4.9 million ($4.7 million).
Last week, the first meeting was held between the port and PowerCon A/S.
During the meeting, both teams set the foundations for implementation of the construction project and visited the Hutchison Ports BEST terminal.
Ana Arévalo, Energy Transition Manager at the Port of Barcelona, explained that “in a maximum of six months we hope to have approved the constructive project to be able to start with the execution of the works”.
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With planned global investments of nearly €110 million ($107 million), the Electrification Plan of Piers is one of the major projects promoted by the port to reduce CO2 emissions from port operations by 50 per cent until 2030 – and become carbon neutral before 2050.
The Nexigen plan will allow ships to connect to the general electricity grid once docked, using certified 100 per cent renewable clean energy.
The port authority said the newly awarded contract marks a decisive step to make onshore power supply points a reality in Barcelona.
PTI is excited to announce that it will be once again partnering with the Port of Barcelona for its annual Smart Ports: Piers of the Future event this year.
The three-day event last year had over 50 keynote speakers, 13 panel sessions, and viewers from 95 countries.