Future of Carboneras power plant up in the air
THE future of the Endesa Litoral coal-fired thermal power plant in Carboneras is up in the air.
The Ministry for Ecologicial Transition (MITECO) has held what it said was the first round of contacts between public administrations, trade unions and the company following reports that Endesa was considering the way forward for the plant due to a lack competitiveness.
Acting Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera met recently with Junta de Andalucia Finance, Industry and Energy regional minister Juan Bravo, Carboneras Mayor Jose Luis Amerigo, and representatives of the plant workers’ unions to look in detail at the company’s plans for the Litoral.
A MITECO statement said the ministry had opened “a permanent line of communication with workers and residents to together examine all the possible future scenarios, to offer short-term solutions and to plan ahead subsequent actions in the area.”
The ministry also underlined the need for the national government, the Andalucia regional administration and Carboneras council to work in a coordinated way in implementing measures.
Commenting after the two and a half hour meeting, Juan Bravo told press he was confident that the three administrations and plant workers could by working together turn the Carboneras plant around so that it was “viable” with a “definitive solution”, maintaining the industrial activity within the framework of environmental and energy regulations.
The regional minister made it clear Endesa is not going to close the plant for the moment, but is proposing a “reassessment of the situation.”
The Litoral plant employs some 400 workers. According to Spanish press around €250 million have been invested in the plant in recent years so that it complies with EU directives.
TALKS: The ministry said it had opened “a permanent line of communication with workers and residents to together examine all the possible future scenarios.”
CREDIT: Ministerio Para La Transicion Ecologica
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