The Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, assured today that Alcoa has traditionally benefited from support measures to alleviate the price of electricity in the electrointensive industry and that 30% of the interruptability auction was routinely taken.
In addition, the head of the department has also announced that the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has convened a meeting next week and added that the first thing the government has to know is what are the reasons for the closure of the plants of Avilés and La Coruña, which believes that "hardly" can be attributed to this factor.
Speaking in the halls of the Congress of Deputies, said that once you know the reasons for the closure of these plants, which employ 686 people, you can know what this measure means and to what extent if they want to leave can be found to another industrial agent that has an interest in producing aluminum in those plants.
Ribera has indicated that his responsibility is to convene the interruptibility auction in which the Executive was working, a mechanism that allows compensating the electrointensive industry that is willing to be disconnected if necessary to maintain security of supply.
In this regard, explained that Alcoa knew that it was working on this new auction designed to favor the largest companies and stressed that, knowing that represents 30% of that benefit, the same thing has to rethink that call for that there are no distortions for the industry, for which the cost of electricity is relevant.
"We will continue with our plans and the same thing that makes us is to delay that call to avoid a distortion and that may benefit others if they want to close," he said.
"What I do not believe is that this is the reason, we will have to see what are the reasons (of the closure), which can hardly be attributed to this decision", added the Minister of Ecological Transition.
Therefore, he pointed out that it is important to understand what other structural reasons may be behind this decision, in which the most striking thing has been the immediacy of the announcement.
"Nobody knew until the day before that they were going to announce this decision of closure and even when the Minister of Industry or the mayor of Avilés tried the previous day to talk with the people in charge of the company, they did not put in", he underlined.
He has also acknowledged that he has no suspicions about what may have been the reasons that led the American multinational to announce the closure of two of its plants in Spain and considered that it is a business decision that had been repeatedly announcing weighing to that "then they remained calm".