Inspenet, August 15, 2023.
The Port Authority of Valencia (APV) has launched the bidding process for the planning and implementation of the electrical connection infrastructure for ships at the Transversal de Costa-MSC quay. This dock electrification project or onshore power supply (Onshore Power Supply, OPS) is the first initiative of its kind to be carried out by Valenciaport at its Valencian facilities.
In this way, the PAV has begun the procedures to award the planning and execution of the project for the implementation of the electrical connection infrastructure for ships , as well as its maintenance, at the Transversal de Costa dock. To achieve this, Valenciaport has launched a joint process that includes the planning of the project, the execution of the works and the maintenance of the facilities, all in a single process, with a budget of almost 12.5 million euros .
With the OPS, the use of the auxiliary motors of the boats while they are docked in the port areas is avoided. As a result, a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions is achieved, since the need to consume fossil fuels in these secondary engines is eliminated and the emission of polluting particles and gases is also avoided.
The implementation of OPS in the Port of Valencia will take place in parallel with the construction of the new electricity substation, which was tendered last month with an initial budget of around 11 million euros and an execution period of 24 months. This infrastructure will be responsible for providing renewable energy to the first OPS electrification project at the Transversal de Costa-MSC dock. In addition, the construction of a second substation is planned in the future.
In this regard, Joan Calabuig, president of Valenciaport, has highlighted that “these are just two examples of real projects and those in the execution phase that confirm the firm commitment that Valenciaport is making to achieve the goal of being a 0-emissions port by 2030, ahead of us twenty years to the European Green Pact”.
Beyond dock electrification
The decision to jointly contract the planning of the project and the execution of the works within the same process is based on the lack of references in Europe that comply with the ISO/IEC/IEEE 80005 standard. In addition, in Spain there are no previous experiences of OPS projects in operation that resemble the characteristics of the pilot project defined by the Port Authority of Valencia.
The combination of the various components required for this type of installation, such as transformers, protection cubicles, disconnectors and frequency converters, together with the power supply infrastructures for ships, requires specific approaches and technically complex solutions that must be individually designed. for each location.
Likewise, since the implementation of the construction project is supported by Next Generation funds from the European Union and by the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Government of Spain, carrying out the tender jointly becomes the only way to ensure compliance with the stipulated deadlines.
If two contracts were issued independently, the execution process of the construction project would have to wait for the award of the contract corresponding to the planning of the construction project. This would result in the completion of the work extending beyond the deadline established to carry out the work and meet the objectives established by Europe.