Port of Valencia to electrify its docks

Port of Valencia to electrify its docks

The Costa-MSC Transversal dock in Valencia will put out to bid the first On-Shore Power Supply (OPS) electrification project in June, with an estimated cost of €11 million ($11.7 million).

The first electrification project of the Valencian precinct is scheduled to launch this month.

This announcement came from Federico Torres, Head of Ecological Transition at the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), and Joan Calabuig, the President of Valenciaport, at the opening of the ‘Electrification of Ports: Projects in Development’ conference.

“This initiative requires an electrical substation, a transformer to adapt the installed power, the circuits to connect the ships and the connection boxes,” stated Calabuig.

“It will be a reality very soon and the docks closest to the city will be the first to be electrified.”

Torres explained that the second project will launch in September, with a planned location at the Balearia and Transmediterránea terminals.

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Calabuig pointed out that the future objective is to connect this entire system with other renewable energies.

“With the tender for the first electrification project, we are contributing to the elimination of all the polluting gases that leave the ships and also to the reduction of noise,” explained Calabuig.

“Sustainability is complementary to competitiveness and economic growth and in the case of Valenciaport, the commitment of the companies working in the port environment is extraordinary,” he added.

Together with Torres and Calabuig, Álvaro Rodriguez Dapena, President of the Public Body Puertos del Estado, inaugurated the conference.

Dapena emphasised that, “Ports must also be green in their development and not only in their operation, both on the sea side and on the land side. That is why the railway is a key element in this framework.”

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Additionally, Dapena reviewed the environmental goals set by Europe and the public body Puertos del Estado.

Among them, he highlighted the 2030 objective of reducing emissions from ships by 55 per cent (compared to the 1990 baseline).

Dapena described the challenges and technical difficulties involved in the electrification of docks in port areas: “On a technical level: the installed power, the current capacity, the adaptation to the supply needed by ships, among other technical requirements, are a challenge.

“In addition, we have to work to ensure that the electricity supply in ports is favourable in terms of price in order to make all the investments viable.”

The deployment of solutions of the OPS project of the Port Authority of Valencia was also explained during the conference.

This system reportedly allows ships docked in port to connect to the electricity grid, reducing their dependence on traditional fuels and helping to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere.

In December 2022, the Port of Valencia committed €1.56 billion ($1.64 billion) to a new container terminal.

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