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EU approves aid for Onshore Power Supply projects at Port of Valencia

22 Jul 2020

The Port Authority of Valencia on Monday (20 July) said the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee has approved aid for two projects in the Port of Valencia that will facilitate and accelerate the possibility of connecting ships to the electricity grid. 

One of the projects is a study (EALING) for the coordination of work on “electrified” European ports and the other project (EALINGWorks Valenciaport) will allow the co-financing of the electrical substation of the Port of Valencia, which recently received the approval of the Generalitat, it explained.

Both projects were studied and drafted by the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and the ValenciaPort Foundation.

The first of these, the Global EALING Project (European flagship Action for cold ironing in ports) addresses the need to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change, improve the security and performance of ports, contribute to the transition to cleaner energy for maritime transport services provided in port areas and meet the new conditions arising from the technological breakthrough towards electrification. 

The project will focus on carrying out the necessary studies to meet the need to build new OPS (Onshore Power Supply) infrastructure or upgrade existing infrastructure in participating ports, in line with the implementation of land-based electricity use in TEN-T core network ports and other ports by the end of 2025, and on preparing the final documentation for the tenders, so that work can start after the completion of the necessary studies for each participating port. 

The second of the projects, EALINGWorks Valenciaport is to prepare the electrical grid of the Port of Valencia for Onshore Power Supply, to supply OPS to container ships, ferries and cruise ships in the new terminals of the Port of Valencia,.

As the demand for electricity from ships at berth is quite high, the installation of OPS in a port requires the improvement of the entire electricity network. 

Considering the current characteristics of the port’s power grid, it is not realistic to consider an OPS at the docks of the Port of Valencia, unless the power grid is improved.

Photo credit: The Port Authority of Valencia
Published: 22 July, 2020

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