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Futur-e in Teruel

After the closure of the "Teruel" thermal power plant (Andorra, Teruel) in 2020, we began to apply the Futur-e plan to promote the development of economic activities and job creation in the area.

Central térmica de Andorra

The plant

The "Teruel" thermal power plant, located in Andorra, was built between 1974 and 1979 in order to make extensive use of black lignite from mines located in the Turolense mining basin, mixed with imported coals. It was active for four decades and produced 224,000 GWh, equivalent to mainland electricity consumption for a year.

On 19 December 2018, we submitted a formal request for closure. In parallel to the request for closure, we voluntarily presented a Future Plan designed to compensate for the effects of the closure by means of a number of specific measures to promote the development of economic activities and job creation in the area around the plant.

In 2020 the plant closed down definitively, and a start was made on the application of the Futur-e plan to employ the workers of the plant itself and from the local area in the dismantling tasks.

Machinery used during the dismantling of the Andorra thermal power plant (Teruel).
Machinery used during the dismantling of the Andorra thermal power plant (Teruel).

Circular dimantling

The dismantling of the plant involves great technical complexity and will mobilise about 200 people, who will complete the task in 48 months.

Most of the workers who will participate in the dismantling will be from Andorra and towns near the plant. Specific training courses have been organised to encourage members of local population to do the work and to create jobs in the area.

The dismantling of the plant will involve the application of a selective demolition system to completely segregate and categorise the 259,780 tonnes resulting from the demolition. This method, together with the application of circular economy in waste management, will maximise use of the waste, either for subsequent re-use or as a raw material.

We also presented an ambitious plan for the Andorra hub with projects that combine the industrial and social development of the area.

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