Ashdod Port will improve its energy and environmental efficiency as it becomes the first port in Israel to use natural gas as an energy source.
The Ashdod Port Company has won 2.8m shekels (US$767,312) in grants from the Ministry of Energy to use natural gas as an energy source and establish a natural gas fuelling station.
Isaac Blumenthal, CEO of Ashdod Port Company, said: “As part of Ashdod’s preparations for the era of competition in the seaports, we are taking steps towards energy and environmental efficiency; which will eventually lead to savings in the port’s operational expenses.
“We are happy that Ministry of Energy sees us as a leading partner among Israel’s ports in promoting the transition of Israel’s factories to using natural gas.”
After it won the bid, the Ashdod Port Company entered into advanced negotiations with the leading national gas company in the region, Darom Natural Gas.
In order to maximise energy efficiency and savings in the port’s operational expenses, the company has begun to move forward with administrative work to develop projects to use the natural gas.
The port has begun the process of establishing a power station for internal use with a scope of 5 megawatt and establishing a gas fuelling station for terminal tags.
The two projects are expected to save the port 25-30% in energy consumption expenses.