Port of Tyne.
Jane Imrie

Port of Tyne set for all-electric future with new infrastructure partnership

One of the North East’s largest ports has begun its journey to decarbonisation with a new partnership.

Port of Tyne is working with UK Power Networks Services to support its transition to an all-electric port.

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.

UK Power Networks Services’ analysis aims to provide Port of Tyne with a detailed understanding of its current and future electricity network as it implements new technologies like electric cranes, electric vehicles and embed sustainable generation such as solar panels on site.

Mel Brockhouse, chief operations officer at Port of Tyne, commented: “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.

“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.”

Lee Maxwell, head of client delivery at UK Power Networks Services, added: “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.

“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.”

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