Norway’s Port Flam to build shore power supply for cruise ships

   July 1, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Norway’s Port Flam will offer locally produced hydropower to cruise ships after being granted NOK 27 million (EUR 2,53 million / USD 2,8 million) by ENOVA (2001-founded, Norwegian Government enterprise). The project includes laying of an underwater cable from Aurland's hydropower station directly to Flam and will cost NOK 83 million (EUR 7,77 M / USD 12,5 M).

The application to ENOVA was prepared via the collaboration with the cruise shipping industry, local energy supplier and Norwegian stakeholders.

Port of Flam (Norway)

Port Flam's director Mikkel Tokvam commented:

"Now we need to find a balance when it comes to the onshore power facility and the opportunities it gives us. It is important to find a future-oriented strategy that benefits public health and the environment in the world-heritage fjords while safeguarding the foundation of creating value locally.”

Via offering shoreside power, the cruise port estimates that emissions from passenger ships will be reduced by 75%. The project is expected to create an additional supply of electricity to Flam, making it possible for the destination to make use of hydropower.

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