Green power for Port of Kiel

Green power for Port of Kiel

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By Nick Flaherty

Siemens is to build two electric charging power plants at the Port of Kiel.

The $17m deal with Seehafen Kiel will see two Siharbor shore plants at Kiel’s Ostuferhafen delivering 50/60 Hz power for cruise ships and ferries and a 50 Hz shore power plant for ferries.

This makes it possible to generate the electricity ships need while they are in port using renewable energies on shore instead of diesel generators on board. The new shore power connection will be one of the largest installations of its kind in Europe.

The first unit has a capacity of 16 MVA and can supply two cruise ships and ferries with a frequency of 50 or 60 Hz and a voltage of 6.6 kV or 11 kV. The second shore power plant with a grid frequency of 50 Hz is designed exclusively for cargo and RoRo (roll on, roll off) vessels and supplies two berths with a voltage of 6.6 kV or 11 kV, up to a maximum capacity of 5 MVA. 

After completion of the project at the end of 2023, the port of Kiel will be able to supply green power to six ships simultaneously at all of its major passenger, cargo and ferry terminals. 

“Connecting ships to shore power has enormous economic and environmental impact. Ships save expensive fuel, new business models open up for port operators, and port staff and residents benefit from a significant reduction in noise and pollution,” said Markus Mildner, CEO of Siemens eMobility.

The contract includes execution planning, delivery, assembly, cabling and commissioning of all plant and structural components required for the operation of the shore power plants, the necessary structural, civil and hydraulic engineering work, and overall commissioning of the system.

 “Siemens had already been a strong partner for us in an earlier shore power project. And once again, they submitted the most economical bid. We look forward to working with Siemens again,” said Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director of Seehafen Kiel.

“Shore power is a key part of our sustainability effort. Beginning in 2024/25, we hope to use our supply infrastructure for six ships to have around 80 percent of all ships plugged in while berthed,” he said.

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