Port of Valencia electrification nears completion

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The Port of València is nearing completion of electrifying its docks following the contract award to build a new electrical substation at the port.

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has awarded the works of the new electrical substation that will begin to be executed in the coming weeks.

PAV awarded construction of the electrical substation to the company Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios for €5.14 million ($5.75 million) and a completion period of 24 months; the connection to supply 132 kV voltage to the new substation for €2.25 million ($2.52 million) to the company Eiffage Energía, with a completion period of eight months; and the site management and health and safety coordination to Gesman-Coseltel for €408,500 ($457,000).

The project involves the installation – in two stages – of two transformers with a total apparent power of 60 Mega Voltamperes (30 MVA each), which will reduce the voltage received at 132 kV (132,000 volts, or 132 Kilo Volts) to 20 kV (20,000 volts, or 20 Kilo Volts), as a preliminary step in order to deliver this voltage to the different points of the PAV’s installations.

The substation will make it possible for ships to connect to the general electricity grid once they are docked at the quay, using clean energy. This will eliminate thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases per year and significantly reduce emissions of other particulates.

Valenciaport is making progress in the Spanish Government’s commitment to achieve 100% electrification of the ports by 2030.

Valenciaport aims to become a completely green port by 2030. In addition to the electrification of the quays, projects such as the use of hydrogen in the port installations, the implementation of photovoltaic panels or the use of wind turbines to obtain electrical energy are being carried out.

This commitment is also present in the infrastructures being developed by the PAV, such as the new north container terminal and the passenger terminal, which will be a model of environmental sustainability.

The new electrical substation is supported by the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee which is funding the project EALINGWorks Valenciaport.

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