11 September 2020
The Port of Tilbury installed four wind turbines in 2013. These 2.3MW, 80 metre turbines operate continuously and provide up to 60% of the ports electricity needs.
The Government estimate the port energy demands could rise from 20 GWh in 2016 to around 250 GWh by 2050, mostly driven by the demand for shore power from container vessels. In some decarbonisation scenarios, the Government estimate that annual electrical demand at UK major ports could rise to over 4000 GWh by around 2050, predominantly be driven by demand for electric propulsion.
UK ports are working closely with Government on the various potential decarbonisation scenarios and what these could mean for ports.