“Endesa does not question the agreement signed on March 12, 2019 by the electricity companies that own nuclear power plants and Enresa and previously committed by all companies with the Ministry.” As it is a general protocol and of intentions, “Endesa assumed and maintains the agreements reached and that are included in the general protocol as long as there are no changes or their terms are denounced,” sources of the company have pointed out regarding some published information that They pointed to possible discrepancies between Endesa and the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.
The bases of the Protocol are linked to the time horizon contemplated in the draft of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) and, accordingly, it contemplates a double agreement on the Scheduled Closing Schedule (CCO) of nuclear power plants and on renewal periods of the Exploitation Authorizations.
Therefore, if such bases on which the Orderly Closing Calendar (CCO) is based were modified (PNIEC), “the parties intend to update the statements contained in the Protocol assuming such modification and the subsequent adaptation of the Closing Calendar Ordered (CCO) of the facilities, “said the same sources.
Historically, the operating permits granted to nuclear power plants do not reach the total estimated useful life, since “these permits are initially granted for a period shorter than the useful life of the facilities, with the possibility of subsequent renovations, which they usually occur for periods of 10 years “, they emphasize from the electric one. These procedures are launched within the deadlines set by the operating authorizations, close to their expiration date.
As the company expressed in its annual report published on Tuesday and during the presentation of the annual results, it is taken into account that the renewal application presented in 2019 of the operating permits of Groups I and II of the Nuclear Power Plant of Almaraz (Cáceres), as of April 1, 2020, is for a period of 7.4 years for Group I and 8.2 years for Group II.
As the application deadlines are less than the usual 10 years, Endesa has modified the useful life of these plants in anticipation that the hypotheses of the Draft National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) are met for both Groups in Almaraz.