Grenaa plans large port expansion with heavy-load area
The Port of Grenaa in Denmark is readying itself for a large port expansion which will add 17,000 sqm of port area, 350 metres of quay, a heavy-load area and increase the available shore power to 9MW. The expansion will cost DKK 100 million and is the largest investment in the port in its 207-year-long history.
“The investment comes in the wake of the port’s record earnings in 2018 and 2019. This progress has entailed increased demand for port facilities, resulting in massive investments in equipment, warehouses and areas with the port extension being the biggest investment so far”, says Bent Hansen, chairman at Port of Grenaa.
The investments will prepare the port for handling increasingly larger projects as well as larger vessels called into port. According to the chairman, the port area will be configured in a flexible manner to enable handling of large-scale projects across the port’s core segments such as wind farms, project loads, testing of Power-to-X, stacking and maintenance, as well as handling of Panamax size vessels.
As part of the expansion, a 30-year old Gottwald diesel crane is being replaced by an electrically driven Liebherr LHM 550 harbour crane. And in order to offer eco-friendly energy solutions, the port’s shore power facilities are being upgraded from 2 to 9 MW.
“We are facing a future where new large infrastructure projects aim to modernise transportation and ensure cohesion in Denmark. The green conversion further needs to be accelerated by extending the offshore wind industry and developing completely new forms of energy (Power-to-X). The port extension and our upgraded equipment enable us to accommodate traditional port operations, but also to handle large-scale projects of the future”, comments Henrik Carstensen, CEO of Port of Grenaa.