South Wales ports power ahead with green energy projects

October 29, 2014

 ABP’s ports across South Wales are making major strides in cutting carbon emissions and generating green electricity with a series of environmentally friendly engineering projects.

New solar arrays will cut ABP South Wales’ annual carbon emissions by almost a third, reducing the CO2 generated by more than 5.8m kg.

Plans are advanced for an 8mw solar farm using energy from the sun to power the equivalent of up to 2,000 homes, at Associated British Ports’ Port of Barry.

A further three solar arrays on the roofs of warehouses in the ports of Cardiff,Newport and Swansea representing an investment in excess of £1m are also due to start generating by the end of the year.

At ABP’s Port of Newport, a new wind turbine, pictured, has generated 1.46 million units of electricity – enough to boil more than 850,000 kettles – in the six months since it became operational. The 125m tall, 2.3mw turbine generates the equivalent amount of electricity required to power more than 1,300 homes.

ABP’s South Wales ports – Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea – together support 21,000 jobs and generate £1.4 billion for the UK economy.

Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director, South Wales, said: “Ports have a huge role to play not only in the UK’s energy security but in delivering sustainable energy to the National Grid. I am proud of the work we have already done in South Wales to deliver sustainable power but this is just the start. We see huge potential for our ports and for Wales in the renewable energy sector and are ambitious to do more, to reduce our own carbon footprint and grow our expertise still further in this exciting sector.”