The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has initiated a bidding process for the installation of an electrical substation, enabling ships entering the docks of Valencia to switch off their engines.
Specifically, the works for the new electrical substation that are now going out to tender have a planned investment of €11 million ($12 million) and a completion period of 24 months.
The new infrastructure is expected to be responsible for supplying green energy to the first OPS electrification project, which will be located on the Transversal de Costa-MSC quay.
PAV is making progress in its bid to become a zero-emissions site.
An objective which, in the case of Valenciaport, goes further and is 20 years ahead of the European Green Pact, to move from an eco-efficient port to a completely green port by 2030.
According to Federico Torres, Head of Ecological Transition of the PAV: “Valenciaport is working to electrify the entire port area, thanks to this award, the substation will provide green energy to the docks closest to the city, which will be the first to be electrified and this will benefit the surrounding residents by reducing gas emissions and noise”.
Valenciaport is putting out a tender for a 132/2 kilovolt indoor GIS substation with two 55 megavolt-ampere rated power transformers.
This infrastructure will reportedly be able to handle the new power supply increases that will inevitably be required given the evolution of the Port of Valencia’s persistent rise in activity.
The 132 kV voltage supply connection to the new substation, which is linked to the La Punta ST station, is now complete.
To that purpose, in addition to dock electrification, initiatives such as the use of hydrogen in port facilities, the installation of solar panels, and the use of wind turbines to acquire electrical energy are being carried out.
This dedication can also be seen in the APV infrastructure projects, such as the new north container port and the passenger terminal, which will be a model of environmental sustainability.