The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee of the European Commission (EC) has given its approval to grant aid for two projects in the Port of Valencia, Spain.
The projects are Global EALING Project (European flagship Action for cold ironing in ports) and EALINGWorks Valenciaport: Preparation of the electrical grid of the Port of Valencia for Onshore Power Supply (OPS).
The two projects are expected to expedite the prospect of connecting ships to the electricity grid.
Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and the Valencia Port Foundation have studied and drafted the two projects.
Global EALING Project proposes a ‘concrete approach’ for setting up a framework that will facilitate widespread adoption of OPS at a range of European TEN-T maritime ports.
It also highlights the requirement to direct efforts to fight climate change and boost the ports’ security and performance.
The project is in accordance with Article 4(5) of Directive 2014/94/EU, which states that inland electricity supply will be installed ‘as a priority in the TEN-T central network ports’.
The second project, EALINGWorks Valencia port, will enable the adoption of OPS, and subsequently, lead to reductions on emissions and operational costs from vessels, calling at the port.
The OPS installation at the port requires the upgrade of the whole electricity network.
In May, APM Terminals Valencia in Spain introduced new Virtual Private LTE provided by Telefonica Spain.