Valenciaport to build two electrical substations to support zero emissions goal

VALENCIA, Spain - April 25, 2014: A view of cranes, ships and other structures at the seaport of Valencia

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has detailed further investments it intends to make as it works towards it 2030 zero-emissions target.

At the recent ‘Renewable Energies in Port’ conference, representatives from Valenciaport highlighted the commitment of maritime transport and the port system in the fight against climate change and decarbonisation.

“The PAV is going to allocate 130 million euros, to which the effect of private investment should be added, in projects such as the creation of two electrical substations so that ships docking at the Port of Valencia can connect to the electricity grid and stop their engines, or the installation of a hydrogen plant within the framework of the H2Ports project to supply hydrogen to port machinery,” said Federico Torres, Head of Ecological Transition of the PAV, during the inauguration of the conference.

During his speech, Torres went on to discuss other initiatives such as the use of alternative fuels, the installation of photovoltaic plants in Valencia and Gandia, the commitment to the railways, and the electrification of Valenciaport’s internal network.

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Back in January this year, Valenciaport awarded construction of a new electrical substation to the company Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios for €5.14 million ($5.75 million). Completion is said to take two years.

This means the port is well on its way to fully electrifying its docks.

Rail is one further element of the port system that the PAV is looking to revitalise, partially due to its environmental benefits.

At a recent summit in the Port of Sines, Aurellio Martinez, President of the PAV, stressed that all involved agents need to focus on intermodal projects in strategic areas through dry ports or loading points and promote corridors such as Canfranc, on the Spanish – French border or Lisbon, Portugal.

At the Spanish-Portuguese freight transport summit, he also addressed the deficit in rail freight transport and the need to boost investment to improve Spain’s competitiveness in the sector.

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