Spain’s Endesa needs wind farms in space the place its coal-fired plant nonetheless has to face
September 20 (Renewables Now) – Spanish utility Endesa SA (BME:ELE) on Monday introduced a EUR-2.7-billion (USD 2.7bn) plan for renewables and different tasks to regenerate the world round its coal-fired energy plant in northern Spain as soon as it’s closed, regardless of having no date for closure in sight.
The Spanish ministry for the ecological transition mentioned on Monday that it’ll authorise the shut down of two of the As Pontes plant’s 4 350-MW models, and situation the closure of the remaining pair on the capability availability in Spain’s electrical energy system.
Regardless of uncertainty over the facility plant’s demise, Endesa acknowledged that it’ll stay dedicated to the As Pontes neighborhood and the broader area of Galicia, with plans to put money into 1,300 MW of wind vitality tasks, a 100-MW electrolysis plant and arrange a wind farm upkeep centre.
In keeping with the plan, Endesa would begin the allowing process for the wind tasks because it dismantles As Pontes. The corporate has wind farms to construct for US aluminium producer Alcoa Corp (NYSE:AA), which hopes to acquire their output underneath a power purchase agreement (PPA). Some 611 MW of wind farms for Alcoa can be situated within the As Pontes space, Endesa mentioned.
One other group of PPA-backed wind farms, totalling 191 MW, can be reserved for Sentury Tire, a Chinese language firm that seeks to construct a tire manufacturing facility on Endesa’s land across the energy plant. Beneath a separate settlement, Endesa will switch a patch of land to Spanish pulp and paper producer Ence Energia y Celulosa SA (BME:ENC) for the development of a facility to get well and produce recycled pure fibres.
These and different proposed actions within the space will rely on acquiring permits, Endesa mentioned. The corporate expects its vitality transition plan to create over 1,300 jobs to fill the employment void brought on by the eventual As Pontes closure.
Endesa pledged to get out of coal-burning era by 2027 and was virtually near shut down As Pontes, its final coal-based energy plant within the Spanish mainland. The ministry for the ecological transition mentioned it had in its arms a report authored by Spanish grid operator Pink Electrica de Espana (REE) in 2020 which permitted the total shut-down.
Nonetheless, within the spring of 2022, the ministry sought one other opinion from REE on what to do with Endesa’s petition for closure in mild of Spain’s battles with the European vitality disaster, the necessity for extra energy on account of droughts and France’s nuclear outages. In keeping with the ministry, REE discovered it might solely shut two already inoperative models.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.000)