The Port of Barcelona and VINCI Energies have begun work on a pilot project for onshore power supply (OPS) for vessels at Barcelona’s ferry terminal.
The contract, which was won by a consortium comprised of several VINCI Energies business units (Tecuni SAU, Inove Ingenieria SA, GTIE Synertec SAS, and Actemium Electro AB), is part of Nexigen, the Port of Barcelona’s dock electrification plan.
The tender covers project development and execution, as well as ship connection and disconnection services and facility maintenance. The port will have two berths with cold ironing systems powered entirely by renewable energy by September 2024. This means that while berthed, vessels will be able to turn off their engines and avoid releasing pollutants.
Ana Arévalo, energy transition manager in the Barcelona port team overseeing the pilot project, explains that with the start of installation works for the OPS system at the ferry terminal, “we are continuing to move forward with the electrification process. It’s another important milestone for the port. There is still much to be done but the meeting with our partner went very well. VINCI Energies has substantial experience in developing onshore power supply systems and we are convinced that we can deliver a cutting-edge project.”