ABP Port of Southampton

About the client

Associated British Ports – ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Their ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise. In 2016 ABP and its customers handled 89 million tonnes of cargo. They support 119,000 jobs and contribute £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year.

The Port

ABP Southampton is the UK’s number one vehicle handling port, Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port and the UK’s most productive container port. Operated by DP World Southampton, the terminal is home to the new 500m Deepwater quay SCT5, which was purpose built to handle the biggest ships in the world.

A major dredging programme ensures that 15.5m draft vessels – the biggest currently afloat – can access the port on most days of the year. The port also handles handles around 820,000 vehicles each year and is home to the UK’s second largest container terminal handling more than 1.5 million teus each year.

 

 

Drivers for the project

ABP have a company wide policy to deliver renewable technology across all operational ports in order reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

Appointment

Custom solar secured a framework partnership with ABP via an OJEU competitive tendering process across the whole of the industry which scored the bidders on several factors including; Health & Safety, design & engineering capability, delivery capability and experience in the design and installation of large-scale solar projects.

Challenges

The project saw us deliver 1mWp solar (3600 panels) across 6 operational buildings within the port of Southampton. This included a 500kWp installation on the largest cruise Terminal in the UK, The Ocean Terminal (formerly known as the QE11 Terminal).

Prior to installation Custom Solar had to arrange for Harmonic studies to be carried out to satisfy the DNO, agree connection points with the client to ensure maximum usage of the energy generated and specific access and working at heights procedures specific to the client’s requirements.

The project was delivered between May and August 2018 in what was the start of the busy cruise season and so considerations in the design were required with regards to access, deliveries, flexible times of work and health and safety measures in place for the general public.

The project saw us deliver 1mWp solar project across 6 operational buildings within the port of Southampton. This included 500kWp installation on the largest cruise Terminal in the UK, The Ocean Terminal (formerly known as the QE11 Terminal). Prior to installation Custom Solar had to arrange for Harmonic studies to be carried out to satisfy the DNO.

Results

Custom Solar operate and maintain all of the systems across the port providing live monitoring via our bespoke monitoring solution, full reactive maintenance and annual scheduled service visits. To date the system has overperformed by 10% against predicted yields.

Project details

  • Location: Port of Southampton
  • System Size: 1 MWP
  • Panel Manufacturer: TRINA 270W
  • Number of Panels: 3700
  • Inverter Manufacturer: HUAWEI
  • Annual System Generation: 816,400 KW/H
  • CO2 Savings per annum: 445,473 KG
  • Completion date: August 2018