London, Wednesday, 29 December 2021
China's largest global port operator, COSCO Shipping Ports, has announced the launch of a new zero-carbon terminal in Tianjin's northern port. According to the port company, the terminal has become self-sufficient in its operations by utilizing clean energy. It's part of the company's overarching strategy to develop its Tianjin operations.
The world's first smart green energy system for a zero-carbon port was successfully connected to the power grid on December 15 at Tianjin Port's Second Container Terminal, according to COSCO. Unlike traditional terminals, COSCO's "zero-carbon" terminal is powered by wind and solar (photovoltaic) energy, resulting in zero carbon emissions in both energy use and production. It achieves self-sufficiency in the operation of Tianjin Port's smart container terminal in Section C.
Two 4.5MW distributed wind turbines are included in Phase I of the Tianjin Port Section C Terminal Smart Green Energy System Project, which are estimated to generate 23.3 million kWh of power annually and cut carbon emissions by 20,600 tons per year. Furthermore, the 1.4MW PV plant currently under development will be connected to the grid in mid-January 2022.
During Phase II of the project, COSCO plans to use both wind and solar electricity, according to the company. Tianjin is China's northernmost port and one of the world's ten largest container ports. Tianjin handled 18.5 million TEU in 2020, up more than 5% from the previous year.
COSCO Shipping Ports, which operates and manages 370 berths in 37 ports across the world with a combined annual handling capacity of 124 million TEU, has been working on expanding Tianjin's port. The port, which is near Beijing, has a strategic advantage, according to the corporation, because it has access to the northern industrial corridor.
COSCO Shipping Ports Limited and China Shipping Terminal Development Co. signed a new ownership agreement for the Tianjin Container Terminal, one of the port complex's four principal container terminals, last month. TCT's expansion as an international shipping hub in Northern China is expected to be fully facilitated by COSCO, according to the company.
This will be accomplished by increasing the operating efficiency of shipping lines calling at the terminal and enhancing the Bohai Rim region's hub-and-spoke and transhipment network's synergy. They've already signed many new agreements to use the port's facilities with industrial shippers.
(Research and reporting by: The Decision Maker Asia editors)