The companies that own the Almaraz nuclear power plant (Iberdrola, Endesa and Naturgy) have decided this Wednesday afternoon to convene an extraordinary meeting of administrators next January to decide whether to request the expansion of the two energy groups whose useful life ends respectively in 2021 and 2023.
The proposal has departed from Naturgy (15% of the shareholding) and has had the backing of Iberdrola (53%). If the request for expansion is confirmed, it must be submitted to the Nuclear Safety Council to determine if it is appropriate to carry it out before March 31.
The partner companies of the plant in Extremadura have maintained different points of view on the future of nuclear energy and, therefore, on the operation of the plants. Having assumed that the Government will define an energy policy that will mean that nuclear energy will support renewable energies while they are being implemented, they do not coincide in the design of the model. While Iberdrola and Naturgy are in favor of extending it for a period of less than 10 years, Endesa supports the extension for a period of 10 years.
The differences are especially between Iberdrola and Endesa, which, in addition to Almaraz, share the management of the Ascó 2, Trillo and Vandellòs 2 plants. To put an end to these differences, Endesa has proposed exchanging assets in these plants and thus ending the controversy. So far, there has been no response in this regard.