Port of Rotterdam to build green shore electric facility for vessels in Waalhaven

Port of Rotterdam Eneco

The Port of Rotterdam in partnership with Eneco will install shore-based power facilities in the Waalhaven to allow Boskalis vessels to run on green power replacing fossil fuel.

The intended delivery date for the shore power installation is 1 June 2023. The facility will supply two GWh of green energy per year, resulting in a CO2 emission reduction of 1.6 kilotons per year.

“Shore-based power is an important part of the energy transition,” said the port’s recent statement.

“This project fits in with Port of Rotterdam Authority and Eneco’s joint shore power strategy, and with Eneco’s One Planet strategy, whose aim is reaching climate neutrality by 2035.”

As ships at berth often use energy generators that lead to emissions of particulate, nitrous oxide, and CO2, green shore power offers an alternative to reduce these emissions by up to 90 per cent by providing vessels with a clean source of energy.

The Boskalis location in the Waalhaven will be the third shore-based electricity installation for seagoing vessels in the Port of Rotterdam, following shore power facility projects already announced at the port.

Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority released that they will be executing this project as part of the Joint Venture Rotterdam Shore Power. In particular, Boskalis will realise the grid connection under its own management, while Eneco will supply green energy to Boskalis sourced from Eneco wind and solar facilities in the Netherlands.

The project is partially funded by the City of Rotterdam and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

Most recently, Neste Corporation made the final investment of €1.9 billion ($2 billion) into new renewable products production capacity at the Port of Rotterdam, as customers’ demand for sustainability grows.

The Rotterdam refinery expansion investment is set to expand Neste’s renewable product capacity by 1.3 million tons per annum, bringing the total renewable product capacity in Rotterdam to 2.7 million tons annually.

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