The Port of Flåm on Sunday (21 June) said it has been working on offering locally produced hydropower to cruise ships while in Flåm, Norway to meet more stringent requirements regarding emissions from the cruise industry and future development.
The port said it submitted an application to ENOVA, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy in April 2020, and this has now been granted.
The support from ENOVA is NOK 27 million (USD 2.78 million) and the actual cost of building the onshore power supply (OPS) is estimated to NOK 83 million (USD 8.55 million).
This amount also includes an underwater cable directly from the hydro power station in Aurland to Flåm. This cable will accommodate future demands and be open for development and innovation.
The application to ENOVA was prepared in collaboration with local stakeholders, the cruise industry, and the local energy supplier.
“We now need to find a balance when it comes to the OPS facility and the opportunities it gives us,” said Tor Mikkel Tokvam, Port Director, Port of Flåm
“It now needs to be seen in context with the regulations for the World Heritage Fjords set by the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Parliament’s decision to make the world heritage fjords emission free in 2026.
“Now it is important to find a future-oriented strategy that benefits public health and the environment in the world heritage fjords while safeguarding the foundation of creating value locally”.
By establishing OPS, emissions from cruise ships will be reduced by 75% in a few years, noted the port.
At the same time, the project will contribute to greater supply of electricity to Flåm and this will create an opportunity to convert the entire destination across sectors to electric power.
Photo credit: Port of Flåm
Published: 25 June, 2020
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