Port of Tyne takes on UKPN Services for analysis of route to total electrification by 2040

Port of Tyne has taken a step forward in its plans  to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030 and to electrify the entire port by 2040. Itt has engaged UK Power Networks Services to undertake detailed modelling and analysis of the port’s electricity network.

The analysis will 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.

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

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

UK Power Networks Services has been delivering critical energy infrastructure solutions for clients for more than 50 years for Network Rail, London Underground and High Speed 1, the UK’s busiest airports, Ministry of Defence, Hinkley Point C, and ports and logistics companies.