On-shore Power Supply (OPS) is considered as an attractive solution to reduce local pollution generated by vessels at berth in the EU ports. This potential is highlighted in the EU legislation with Article 4(5) of Directive 2014/94/EU on Alternative Fuel Infrastructure, according to which shore-side electricity supply shall be installed as a priority in ports of the TEN-T Core Network, and in other ports, by 31 December 2025*.
In line with this regulatory framework, the Global EALING Project expresses the need to accelerate the effective deployment of OPS solutions in EU ports. Within this European initiative, EALINGWorks Valenciaport aims to prepare the port’s electrical network for the supply of OPS to container ships, ferries and cruise ships in the new terminals of the Port of Valencia (new container terminal and new passenger terminal). To this end, a new electrical substation (type GIS – Gas-Insulated Switchgear) with an initial capacity of 60MW (extendable to 90MW in the future) will be built during the project. The Action also includes the installation works of the underground electric line that will connect the substation to the general network. Both interventions will enable the supply of OPS in the port of Valencia in situations of high demand.