Endesa has informed the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, as well as the regional ministries of the relevant Autonomous Communities, of its decision to maintain the coal-based thermal plants of As Pontes (A Coruña), Compostilla (León) and Andorra (Teruel) within the Transitional National Plan, with the aim of not restricting operations in these plants to a set number of hours.
The company waives the right to the limited service life exemption for these thermal plants, which would entail restricting operations thereof during the period commencing on 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2023, to 17,500 hours.
This has enabled the company to prevent these plants from having to adhere to the more restrictive conditions by opting for a more moderate position, which does not compromise the future of these facilities and which in no way represents a decision concerning the closure of these.
Endesa wants to ensure that these plants continue to operate and is awaiting a clarification of the economic and regulatory circumstances that will enable a decision to be made with regard to the essential environmental investments required in order to comply with the limits established by the Directive on Industrial Emissions. These investments, if applicable, would need to be ready before 30th June 2020.