July 27, 2021

Red Eléctrica will cover 20% of demand in the Canary Islands with wind energy this year | Economy

Red Eléctrica will cover 20% of demand in the Canary Islands with wind energy this year | Economy



Red Eléctrica de España (REE) will complete in a few weeks the transport network necessary to comply with the new Canarian wind energy quota before the end of the year, which would cover up to 20 percent of the archipelago's demand with this type of generation. This was announced by the General Director of Transport of Red Eléctrica de España (REE), Eva Pagán, during the celebration of the II Forum on clean energies in Lanzarote. It passes, with it, from 7.8% of the demand in 2017 to 20% with the new installed power.

It is also making an "important" effort in managing the access and connection of the requesting promoters and in processing the projects of the facilities. The planned investment amounts to 434 million euros and the jobs generated will be 5,196 jobs, of which 3,445 correspond to the Canary Islands. The total investment planned between 2010 and 2025 in the islands will reach 2,800 million.

The investments range from the wind plan and interconnections between islands to the renovation and improvement of all existing infrastructures without the need to cut off the supply (MAR project) and the start-up of the Soria Chira reversible pumping power plant.

Among the new facilities, Pagán highlighted two substations in Gran Canaria, three in Tenerife, as well as performances in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. "It is important not only the facilities but also that the transport network is capable of managing it," he said.

Pagán highlighted the Soria Chira jump project, which works by pumping. The investment in Chira-Soria will exceed 300 million euros and will have 200 megawatts (MW) of power, which represents about 36 percent of the current peak demand of Gran Canaria. The project includes the construction of a seawater desalination plant and the associated marine works, as well as the necessary facilities for its connection to the transport network to be able to evacuate said energy to the system. During the work, the creation of 500 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs is estimated.

At this time, REE explained that they are "in the environmental assessment phase" and that "during this process all the allegations and proposals of the different stakeholders have been analyzed with the aim of incorporating them by improving the project".

Once these modifications are processed at the end of 2018, the project will be in a position to be authorized to be able to fulfill the objective of initiating the works in 2019, the operator and electric carrier has specified.

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