Ceasing operations at the Andorran Thermal Power Plant, in Teruel, is part of the transformation process that we are promoting towards an emission-free energy generation model by 2050.
In line with our commitment to a just transition, in Andorra we are promoting the Futur-e Plan to mitigate the impact that ceasing operations at the plant may have in the area.
The plan for Andorra represents an investment of more than €1.487 billion and its ultimate objective is to install 1,725 MW of renewable power, of which 1,585 MW will be from the largest solar plant under construction in Europe and 139 MW will derive from wind power. The project will also have a large-scale energy storage system of up to 159.3 MW.
Innovation and social commitment
The initiative is a “unique project at the European level in innovation and in social commitment to the environment as a model for creating shared value”, explained José Bogas, CEO of Endesa, during his speech at COP25 in Madrid.
From a technical point of view, it will allow synchronous generation by adapting the plant's current alternators to operate as compensators, integrated with renewable generation.
And thanks to the storage system, the renewable plant will be better integrated with the grid. Also prominent is the use of bifacial panels to improve reflectivity and the use of the areas below the panels for agriculture, so-called agrovoltaics.
According to the company, the Futur-e Plan for Andorra envisages keeping Endesa’s 153 plant employees on the workforce and gives top priority to hiring workers from existing auxiliary companies to work on the plant closure and dismantling activities. This may take anything from four to six years and will create around 130 jobs with up to 200 workers employed at peak times.
The new generation capacity will be built on land in the municipalities of Andorra, Alcorisa, Alcañiz, Calanda and Híjar. Building and running these facilities will create about 4,000 jobs during construction and 138 positions for 25 years in operation and maintenance areas.
The project, which will be developed in three phases and is backed by an investment of more than 1,487 million euros, will end in 2026.