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Sweden Greenlights EU Grant for Onshore Power

The Swedish government has given the green light for Stockholm's ports and eight other Baltic Sea ports to apply for EU grant money to finance pilot studies that will create an onshore power infrastructure to make shipping more eco-friendly and reduce air pollution.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a Necessity

The goal is to enhance the electrical supply system by broadening the onshore power links at the Ports of Stockholm to facilitate the growth of more eco-friendly shipping with minimal air pollution.

"Together with the other Baltic Sea ports, we want to speed up and assure a more rapid development of onshore power connections for vessels at the quayside in the Baltic Sea region. This will result in greater ability to meet our own and EU environmental goals"

said Clara Lindblom, Chair of the Board of Ports of Stockholm.

Martin Cartwright, DNV’s Business Director Gas Carriers & FSRUs, states that to move CO2 on an industrial scale, the industry is exploring different methods of transportation, such as high, medium, and low-pressure solutions, which could help incorporate shipping into the CCS value chain. However, there are some technical issues that need to be addressed.

Ports of Stockholm will serve as the project coordinator, taking on the overall responsibility and communication with the European Union. The primary objective of the project is to enhance the exchange of information between ports in the Baltic Sea region regarding onshore power connections and to share knowledge of the most effective practices in this field.

The application is planned to be sent to the European Union in the middle of January. If all goes according to plan, the project is expected to begin in July 2023 and end in July 2025.

The EU’s Fit for 55 climate goals and green shipping policy require, among other things, the implementation of onshore power connections.

Numerous ferry services that run on a regular basis are now linked to onshore power in Stockholm, and new onshore power facilities are being constructed at the docks in Port of Kapellskär and Stadsgården quays in the city center.