Meanwhile and through its e-Distribution networks subsidiary, Endesa has increased its operations in La Palma to guarantee continuity of the electricity supply. Faced with such an exceptional and unstable situation, the company has reinforced the provision of material and personnel with resources mobilised both from the mainland and from the rest of the Canary Islands, making sure there is a sufficient supply of network components, machinery and instruments to ensure immediate response in case supply is affected.
As a result of the declaration of a pre-alert situation, Endesa activated its action protocols with regard to eruptions and seismic risks, always in coordination with public administrations through its participation in PEVOLCA.
Once the eruption was confirmed, technicians in the Endesa Network Control Centre made themselves available to the Canary Islands Government Emergency and Security Coordination Centre (CECOES) to undertake manoeuvres in the network requested by the UME (Military Emergency Unit), Civil Protection, Firefighters and the security forces working in the area directly affected by the lava, as well as making preventive power cuts to avoid further damage to the network and to minimise possible incidents in the supply.
With regard to field work, e-Distribución mobilised more than a dozen crews to act in situ and to gather electrical equipment on the island to repair damage to the network. So far, the company has made 15 generators and 50 overhead line supports available, together with more than 11,000 m of electric cables. There is also a portable transformation centre and high-pressure washing equipment to remove ash accumulated in the network's components.
Endesa is the largest electricity company in Spain and the second largest in Portugal. The company is also the second largest gas operator in the Spanish market. Endesa operates an end-to-end business from generation to marketing and through Endesa X also offers value-added services aimed at the decarbonisation of energy uses in homes, companies, industries and public administrations. Endesa is firmly committed to the United Nations SDGs and therefore strongly supports the development of renewable energies through Enel Green Power España, the electrification of the economy and Corporate Social Responsibility. The Endesa Foundation is also active in CSR. We have a workforce of 9,600 employees. Endesa is a division of Enel, the largest electricity group in Europe.