K&M was retained by USTDA to assist the Terminal de Contenedores, Contecar, in identifying and analyzing power supply alternatives for the Port of Cartagena. In 2015, Contecar achieved a throughput of 2.6 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), making it the 2nd busiest port in South America and earning it a rank of #60 in the world’s top 100 ports, but the port suffers from frequent power outages. In 2016 alone, Contecar suffered from 280 hours of power supply interruptions making it in desperate need of reliable low-cost power supply alternatives.
K&M is identifying and analyzing power supply alternatives, including an interconnection to the high and medium-voltage network, self-generation with natural gas, diesel, wind, and solar PV; storage (batteries or flywheels); load management systems; and other options. After confirming the preferred option, K&M will prepare the conceptual design and costs estimates, perform economic, financial and environmental analysis, and develop an implementation plan, including the EPC contract and RFP.