“We are not afraid of supply problems for large industry at all. One of the aims of the Government is to work so that energy sufficiency is assured and can serve the demand, especially intense in the industry, “said Juan Cofiño, vice president of the Principality, who added that the challenge that is expected to be achieved is that the Asturias’ energy contribution to the country as a whole “does not decrease”. “We are in a transition towards green energy that is being modulated and we work with the ministries and companies so that this process takes place in Asturias without loss of position and above all without the slightest risk in relation to energy supply, especially to the central zone and industry ”, affirmed Cofiño, who assured that“ this risk is averted ”.
The Planning of the Electricity Transmission Network 2021-2026 does point to the possibility that the supply in the area of high industrial and residential demand of Gijón and Avilés may be put at risk due to overloads in the network that, until now, were avoided with the start-up of the coal groups of the Aboño thermal power plant. As Aboño’s operating hours are expected to be minimal, network planning includes a reinforcement of the 400 kV lines in the center of Asturias –new Gozón substation and new Gozón-Soto de Ribera line– which will involve an investment of 31 million of euros.
“The industry needs quality and security of supply, micro-cuts cannot be allowed and we have transferred that need to the Ministry”, said Belarmina Díaz, Director General of Energy of the Principality, who nevertheless pointed out that “according to the technical approach included in the 2021-2026 plan there are no risks ”.
To compensate for thermal shutdowns, power companies are announcing alternative projects. EDP did so on Thursday, announcing a floating offshore wind farm and energy warehouse. “We have to congratulate ourselves for these projects that have to do with this green transit process in terms of energy production in which we find ourselves and will have interesting environmental repercussions while allowing Asturias not to lose weight in terms of its energy production at scale national ”, said Juan Cofiño.
The Basque consortium plans to start up its first hydrogen plant next year
The Government of Asturias assures that it is “working intensely” on projects related to the renewable fuel of the future
In the race for “green” hydrogen, the Basque Country is going at full speed and plans to have its first production plant in operation next year, whether or not it is financed by European funds. It will be one of the three plants promoted by the Petronor company, the Repsol subsidiary, and will serve to supply renewable fuel to the Abanto Technology Park in Vizcaya. It will be a small production plant of 2 MW, which two years later will be surpassed by another of 10 MW that Petronor, together with other partners such as Enagás, intends to install in the port of Bilbao and whose hydrogen production will be used in a plant of synthetic fuels. One year later, in 2025, a third plant, this 100 MW, is scheduled to come into service, which will serve to decarbonise the production process of the Petronor refinery in Muskiz, in Vizcaya, and supply the needs of the so-called “Basque Corridor of the Hydrogen ”, a consortium that has brought together 78 companies, public administrations and entities to develop up to 34 projects throughout the hydrogen value chain. The Basque Country aspires to be the hydrogen hub in Spain, as does Asturias, which manages 24 hydrogen-related projects, the most advanced being the use of the El Musel regasification plant. The vice president of the Principality, Juan Cofiño, said yesterday about the regasification plant in the port of Gijón and hydrogen that “we are working intensely with all the interlocutors who have to do with that installation and there will certainly be positive news in this regard in the coming months” .
One step to remove the Lada-Velilla towers
The controversial Sama-Velilla line has been left out of the planning of electricity transmission networks. The Ministry for the Ecological Transition has shelved the project, which is a first step in the dismantling of the old Lada-Velilla line that crosses the Nalón valley and which never entered service. Red Eléctrica did not withdraw it while waiting to define the Sama-Velilla route, now discarded.