EC approves aid for Valencia’s shore power projects

The European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee has approved aid for two projects in the Port of Valencia that will help support plans to connect ships to the electricity grid.

One of the projects is the EALING study for the coordination of work on electrified European ports; and the other, called EALINGWorks Valenciaport, will allow the co-financing of the electrical substation of the Port of Valencia, which recently received the approval of the Generalitat.

In a statement issued this week, the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) said that the objective of the EALINGWorks Valenciaport is to ‘prepare the port’s electrical grid for the supply of onshore power supply (OPS) to container ships, ferries and cruise ships in the new terminals of the Port of Valencia, both the new container terminal and the new passenger terminal’.

The PAV said that, with the current capacity of the port’s power grid, ‘it is not realistic to consider an OPS at the docks’ – so the grid will have to be ‘improved’ before the port can offer a cold ironing solution.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes