Going, going, gone as Carboneras power station shuts down in Almeria province

Going, going, gone as Carboneras power station shuts down in Almeria province
SHUTTING DOWN: An operative stops the generators at Carboneras’ power station Photo credit: Carboneras town hall

ON December 16, an operative pressed the button that turned off the generators at the power station in Carboneras (Almeria).

“We have turned a page in our history but will fill others, writing about a prosperous future for Carboneras,” mayor Jose Luis Amerigo Fernandez vowed.

To do so, he stressed, it was necessary to benefit from the EU’s Fair Transition policies towards a climate-neutral economy that left no-one behind..


“We were generous almost 40 years ago regarding the installation of the generating plant that has been key to the development of the province, Andalucia and Spain,” the mayor continued.

“We now hope for the same generosity from the Spanish government, the Junta de Andalucia and the Diputacion provincial council.”

From the outset the power station provided many jobs that will now be lost and it is vital to guarantee the future, Amerigo pointed out.

The town hall would soon be signing an agreement with the Junta and Endesa, he revealed, focusing not only on retraining employees affected by the shut-down but also others hoping to find work in decommissioning the plant, which is expected to take between four and six years to complete.

“New opportunities will have to be created for the population of an area that has always been one of the most industrialised in Almeria,” Amerigo said.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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