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Port of Tyne's All Electric Future

UK Power Networks Services 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. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2020-2030.
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. 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.
For further information please contact UK Power Networks Services press office on 03301 591712.
For Port of Tyne enquiries, please contact Melissa Collins on 0191 440 7410.
About UK Power Networks Services
UK Power Networks Services is an expert in distributed energy solutions and power distribution, delivering energy technology consulting, asset financing, major project delivery, design and build, operations and maintenance, and asset management. We integrate new technologies, such as electric vehicle infrastructure, battery storage and microgrids. We provide end-to-end energy solutions and our experts help clients increase the productivity of their assets, decarbonise their infrastructure and realise their infrastructure as a strategic asset. Our world-class engineers serve industries such as airports, rail, defence, water, logistics and fleet, manufacturing, ports, local and central government, and commercial buildings. Our high-profile public and private sector clients with critical infrastructure in complex environments, trust us to deliver safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions - allowing them to concentrate on their core business. We have a proud 50 year history and our current portfolio includes the UK's six main airports, High Speed 1, Network Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, EDF (Hinkley Point C), Ministry of Defence, Felixstowe Port, UPS and Canary Wharf.
About Port of Tyne
Port of Tyne is one of the UK's major deep-sea ports - operating in offshore, bulks, break bulk, rail-freight, automotive, cruise and ferry, logistics and estates. One of the UK's largest Trust Port's and entirely self-financing, the Port receives no Government funding, is run on a commercial basis and reinvests all profits back into the Port for the benefit of all of its stakeholders. The Port is the custodian of seventeen miles of the River Tyne which is home to an existing offshore cluster with partner organisations such as the UK renowned South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders and Shepherds, contributing to a well-established offshore energy supply chain. As one of only two deep sea ports in the North East of England, 83% of the world's largest cargo ships can be accommodated at the Port of Tyne. During a decade of development, the Port of Tyne has invested over £130 million in diversifying its operations to handle a growing range of commodities.
Source: UK Power Networks
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