The State closes the door to the regasification plants in the Canary Islands

The Canarian President, Ángel Víctor Torres, with the Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera. / EUROPE PRESS

The correction is reflected as an additional provision in the decree that limits the price of gas, approved yesterday in the Council of Ministers

Loreto Gutierrez

The reverse to the
liberalization of regasification plants in the Canary Islands was finally reflected yesterday in the Council of Ministers, a month and a half after the Government of Sánchez authorized them without prior notice in the decree law of urgent measures to face the economic impact of the
ukrainian warapproved on March 29.

The route chosen for the rectification demanded by the Government of the Canary Islands, contrary to the installation of regasification plants on the islands, has once again been an additional provision to a decree law, in this case the one that includes a mechanism for
put a cap on the price of gas and lower the electricity bill of consumerswhich the Executive approved yesterday in an Extraordinary Council of Ministers.

NO INTERPRETATIONS

  • Content
    The specific text of the additional provision will be known with its publication in the Official State Gazette.

  • Agreement
    The objective is to avoid interpretations and adjust the law to the energy strategy set by the Canarian Government.

  • Correction
    Initially, an amendment was considered in Congress, but the decree was chosen as the fastest way.

  • Floors
    The modification closes the door to the Arinaga (Gran Canaria) and Granadilla (Tenerife) regasification plants.

The specific wording of the additional provision that reverses the authorization of the regasification plants on the islands will be known with the publication of the decree in the Official State Gazette (BOE), which the Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, announced yesterday, will take place today Same or Monday.

But according to what the Canarian Government has pointed out, which has been negotiating the content with the State for weeks, the objective is that the legislative text
leave no room for interpretation and be consistent with the energy strategy set for the archipelago, in which
gas input is only anticipated as a transition medium for green hydrogenas well as for the supply of ships and plants that produce electricity, without margin to authorize marketing outside these areas or its channeling through gas pipelines.

At first, when the decree of economic measures to alleviate the effects of the war was validated by Congress and its processing as a bill was approved, the door was opened to the possibility that the correction be made through an amendment, whose submission deadline is May 17. Some political formations such as NC had already announced in fact their intention to amend the bill to reverse the liberalization of regasification plants through parliament.

However, in the contacts that the Canarian Government has been maintaining with the Ministries of Ecological Transition and the Presidency to seek a solution, the option of incorporating an additional provision to another decree law as a formula to clarify the limitations of the use of the gas in the archipelago.

The reason for choosing this route instead of waiting for the amendment process, according to negotiation sources, is to correct as soon as possible the "error" that in the decree in force since April 1 grants
Clear way for the construction of the Arinaga (Gran Canaria) and Granadilla (Tenerife) regasification plantswhich the Canarian Executive had already ruled out because they do not fit the energy model of the islands.

Having incorporated it into the decree that puts a cap on the wholesale price of gas to make electricity cheaper, the additional provision that reverses the liberalization of gas in the Canary Islands will come into force immediately with its publication in the BOE, weeks before the Congress of the deputies approve the definitive validation of the national plan of response to the war, whose parliamentary process is still going to take around a month and a half.

With the modification incorporated into the decree approved yesterday, the State responds to the demand of the Canarian Executive to correct the legal text by the fastest way and in accordance with the energy model of the islands.

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