Energy infrastructure company paves the road for Port of Tyne’s all-electric future
14 January 2021: UK Power Networks Services today announced that it is undertaking detailed modelling and analysis of Port of Tyne’s electricity network, which will enable the port to begin its journey to decarbonisation through electrification.
As one of the UK’s most innovative and efficient deep-sea ports, Port of Tyne has developed a decarbonisation roadmap, with an ambition to electrify the entire port by 2040 and to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030. Port of Tyne has already made significant progress towards becoming net zero and won two Maritime UK 2020 Clean Energy Awards in recognition of its achievements.
UK Power Networks Services’ analysis will provide Port of Tyne with a detailed understanding of their current and future electricity network as they implement new technologies like electric cranes, electric vehicles and embed sustainable generation such as solar panels on site.
Lee Maxwell, head of client delivery at UK Power Networks Services said: "This is the first step in the exciting journey to decarbonisation through electrification.
"Our work will provide the port with a detailed understanding of their electricity network. Their demand for electricity will grow as a result of electrifying their cranes, the addition of electric vehicles and the integration of sustainable energy generation. Our analysis will forecast the impact an increased electricity load will have on Port of Tyne and ensure the port’s operations remain resilient.
"This electrification ambition will set Port of Tyne apart as a leader in the industry by making a significant positive impact to sustainability and air quality in the local area and we look forward to further supporting the port in their important journey."
"Working with UK Power Networks Services has helped us ensure our decarbonisation strategy is both environmentally and commercially viable. All our electrification projects are designed to reduce carbon emissions and costs", says Mel Brockhouse, Chief Operations Officer at Port of Tyne. "We are about to launch the UK’s only fully electric mobile harbour crane and converting our other legacy diesel-powered assets to electric has already eliminated 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions."
The project further demonstrates UK Power Networks Services’ commitment to enabling businesses in the north of England work towards their sustainability goals, while supporting growth and investment in the region.