Electric capacity boost cuts terminal’s C02

APM Terminals Barcelona APM Terminals Barcelona has invested in an additional indoor substation to increase its central electricity supply. Credit: APM Terminals Barcelona

APM Terminals Barcelona has increased its electrical capacity, which it estimates will reduce CO2 emissions by 600t per annum.

The terminal has invested in an additional indoor substation to increase its central electricity supply and power new reefer racks. The increased electrical capacity means that “over-capacity reefers no longer need to rely on diesel gensets”, enabling the terminal to cut C02, said, APM Terminals.

“Connecting to the electricity supply network also reduces localised pollution in the terminal environment,” said APM Terminals.

Reefer investment

An additional 152 reefer plugs have been added at the terminal, raising the total to 677 and increasing reefer capacity by 31%. New reefer racks enable reefers to be stacked up to four containers high, compared with three on current racks. The modern design also improves safety for employees carrying out repairs and maintenance.

As part of Port of Barcelona’s programme for alternative fuel use, APM Terminals is also working with LNG services provider HAM, technology provider IDIADA and Naturgy Iberia, on a pilot to convert an existing straddle carrier to natural gas.

The straddle carrier’s two 150 kW diesel-based motor engines are currently being converted to natural gas, with the expectation that the straddle carrier will maintain the same level of performance and efficiency. The pilot is scheduled for October this year.

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