The UK’s largest container port has awarded a contract for electrical technology designed to reduce its reliance on red diesel and enable it to meet net zero targets.
UK Power Networks Services, which won the contract, will be responsible for upgrading the electricity network to supply the gantry cranes that will be responsible for handling up to 4 million containers annually.
The electrification upgrade will also enable 48 new electric tractor units for the port to replace some of the existing diesel distribution vehicles. Removal of existing diesel powered cranes and vehicles will also reduce emissions at the site significantly.
Head of engineering at UK Power Networks Services Steven Muscat said: “We are excited to be working with the Port of Felixstowe as part of their journey to further decarbonise the port through electrification of its operations.
“The new electrical infrastructure and the rollout of electric cranes and tractor units will make a significant step in contributing to the port’s sustainability targets.”