The Port of Barcelona will have the Dock Electrification Action Plan, which is necessary to provide electricity supply to the ships that dock at its facilities and that have the capacity to operate with electricity.

The board of directors held this Wednesday gave the green light to the drafting of the project, which will be ready in six months. The aim is to electrify the main docks within seven years.

The General Directorate of the Port is responsible for drawing up the plan, which will have to identify “with the greatest possible precision” the actions to be carried out and the path to be followed to electrify the cruise ship piers, vehicle carrier terminals, containers and ferries. It will also define the investment needed to achieve this, in principle, more than 60 million euros.

“The electrification project is, without a doubt, very ambitious and responds to the current climate emergency,” explain the port authority. The final objective is the supply of electricity from the quay to the ships that dock in its facilities through the connection to the network, turning off their engines and thus eliminating polluting emissions.

In addition, the production of renewable energy in the port area (mainly photovoltaic) will be promoted so that the necessary electrical energy comes from clean sources.

Last May, the port authority requested the high voltage connection from the Spanish Electricity Network (REE) to have a guaranteed capacity for a power that is estimated to be around 80 Mw. The request consists of the construction of a high voltage connection (220kV) from where the medium voltage lines will carry the energy to the docks.

The next step, on which work is already underway, consists of creating a new medium voltage electrical network, separate from the current distribution network, intended exclusively to serve the ships at berth.