The new electrical substation of the Port of Valencia nearing completion
The Port of Valencia continues to progress in its decarbonization process as part of the Valenciaport 2030, zero emissions, according to the company’s press release.
The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has taken two new steps in one of the fundamental projects for the achievement of this objective: the new electrical substation of the Port of Valencia. Concretely, Valenciaport has published the procedure for awarding the contract for the construction of the connection to the Port of Valencia electrical substation with a budget of 2,803,030 euros (VAT included). At the same time, the PAV is preparing the specifications for the construction of the substation, which will be published in the coming days, with a base budget for the call for tenders of 6,539,701.33 euros (VAT included) and a 24-month completion period.
A new impetus for a strategic infrastructure with the objective of electrifying the docks which will make it possible to connect the engines of the ships to the shore power while they are docked in the port facilities. This substation will serve the various quays of the port of Valencia, the northern container terminal and the public passenger terminal. The project consists of the installation – in two stages – of two transformers with a total apparent power of 60 Mega Volt-Amps (30 MVA each), which will reduce the voltage received to 132 kV (132,000 volts, or 132 Kilo Volts). ) at 20 kV (20,000 volts, or 20 Kilo Volts), as a preliminary step to bring this voltage to the various points of the PAV installations, including the terminal docks to facilitate the connection of ships to the network. In addition, this infrastructure will ensure significant reductions in emissions and operating costs for ships calling at the port of Valencia. The PAV has already launched a call for tenders for the site management and health and safety coordination service contract for the construction of the transformer station and the new underground line.
The new electrical substation benefits from the support of the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) committee, which finances the EALINGWorks Valenciaport project: Preparation of the electrical network of the port of Valencia for the onshore power supply, to prepare the port electrical network for the supply of OPS to container ships, ferries and cruise ships in the new terminals of the port of Valencia, both the new container terminal and the passenger terminal.
The fight against climate change and the reduction of CO2 emissions and other polluting particles is a key priority for the PAV. In this context, work is being carried out to make the reduction of the impact of port activities on the environment compatible with the growth of commercial activity. In this sense, from 2008 to 2019, the carbon footprint of the Port of Valencia was reduced by 30%, from 3.19 to 2.23 kg of CO2 per tonne handled. In the same period, Valenciaport’s activity increased by 42%, from 52 million tonnes handled in 2008 to 74 million tonnes handled at the end of the 2019 financial year.
This commitment materializes through specific projects, such as the new electrical substation, to achieve Valenciaport’s 2030 zero-emission goal, two decades ahead of the goals that Spain, Europe and international organizations have planned for. 2050.
In this sense, the PAV has also initiated projects for the installation of photovoltaic power plants in the ports of Valencia and Gandia, the installation of wind turbines for the production of electrical energy, the replacement of the vehicle fleet by vehicles hybrid and electric, or projects related to the improvement of energy efficiency, such as the change of lighting in the port areas of Valencia and Sagunto or the improvement of the efficiency of the climate plant in the port of Valencia .