A greener logistics chain: NorSea Group builds onshore power supply systems along the Norwegian coastline.

23rd November 2017: The largest ever onshore power supply contract in Norway was signed today between NorSea Group and Apply TB in Kristiansund, Norway. NorSea Group is building power supply facilities at four of its bases along the Norwegian coastline from Hammerfest in the north to Stavanger in the south. Operational from next autumn, they will enable the company to offer customers a future-oriented and environmentally friendly energy alternative at quay.

Picture: Signing of the contract today at Vestbase, Kristiansund.
ack row from left: Alf Dahl (Managing Director, Vestbase), John Stangeland (CEO, NorSea Group), Jan Eyvin Wang (Chairman of the Board, NorSea Group), Ralf Larsen (Project Manager, Vestbase), Lars Haug (COO, NorSea Group). Front row from left: Terje Kvisvik (Property Manager, Vestbase) and Yvonne Torgersen Hetlevik (Regional Director Apply TB).

NorSea Group CEO, John Stangeland, says: “This is a substantial investment for us, with great support from ENOVA, where all parties see the environmental and commercial benefits to be achieved through the project. Onshore power supply will lead to large environmental benefits, in addition to economic gains for customers through reduction in operating expenses on the ships’ machinery, reduction in energy consumption (emission costs) and better energy utilisation.”

Investment in the project totals around 70 million NOK. This includes 52 million NOK funded by ENOVA.

Onshore power supply gives vessels the option to hook up to the local electricity grid. When berthed, ships require electricity to support activities such as loading, unloading, heating and lighting and other on board activities. The power is generally provided by auxiliary engines that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and air pollutants, affecting local air quality and ultimately the health of both port workers and nearby residents and creates noise nuisance.

By opting for the alternative onshore hook up, operations can proceed uninterrupted, while eliminating negative side-effects. This leads to substantial environmental benefits, including reduction of CO2 and NOX emissions, lower noise levels at bases, improved energy efficiency and less reliance on ships’ on board energy supplies.

Reduced emission reductions up to 15.000 ton CO2 per year.
The project will achieve total emission reduction of up to 15.000 ton CO2 per annum[i]. This is equal to annual CO2 emissions from more than 7000 cars. Four supply bases will have onshore power supply facilities; Polarbase (Hammerfest), Vestbase (Kristiansund), NorSea (Dusavik) and NorSea (Tananger).

Once in place, supply vessels will be able to use onshore power on 80-90% of the supply bases along the Norwegian coastline. The facilities will be efficient in operation and easy to manage by the ships themselves.

NorSea Group Project Manager, Ralf Larsen, says: “The solution requires some refurbishment and adjustments on older ships, but more and more ship owners make the investments needed to facilitate this in order to reduce frequency of maintenance work as a result of the engine being used less with an onshore power supply.”

Apply TB delivers the onshore power supply units.
Apply TB will supply all the power supply systems for the project. The initial planning and engineering stage will be followed by the installation of voltage cables on bases before the units are installed by Apply TB. Scheduled completion date is 31t October 2018. The onshore power supply systems will be manufactured in Bergen, Norway. Apply TB’s personnel and local partners carry out the on-site installations.

Regional Director for Apply TB, Yvonne Torgersen Hetlevik says: “To be a supplier of Norway’s largest contract for onshore power supply, is something we value highly, and we thank NorSea Group for the trust they are showing us in this project. The planning of the project has already started, and we are starting the building phase of the units around Christmas.”

Illustration of the cable handling system (Apply TB)

[i] According to calculations, an onshore power supply unit will be able to reduce CO2 emissions from 6 ton per day. (Applies for Norway, where hydropower is used). NorSea Group has around 10.000 port calls and 2000 bertheds yearly on its supply bases in Norway, which potentially can reduce emissions by 10 - 15.000 ton CO2.

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