Ceasing operations at the Andorra thermal power plant, in Teruel, is part of our transformation process towards an emission-free energy generation model by 2050.
In keeping with our commitment to a just transition, we are promoting the Futur-e plan in Andorra to mitigate the potential impact of ceasing operations at the plant in the area.
The plan for Andorra represents an investment of more than 1.487 billion euros 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.
This plan will be carried out in three phases:
The first will be carried out at the same time as the dismantling works. This involves construction of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic facility, which will be built on the site of the thermal power plant, and a 49.4 MW wind farm which will be installed in the town of Ejulve (Teruel).
The second phase, involving the installation of 235 MW of solar photovoltaic energy and 54.3 MW of battery storage, will also largely be installed within the perimeter of the current thermal power plant. The work will be carried out over 15 months, between March 2022 and June 2023, and will coincide with the dismantling work.
In the third and final phase, starting in May 2023 and ending in early 2026, 1,300 MW of photovoltaic power, 90 MW of wind power and 105 MW of battery storage will be built. The capacity associated with these phases will be built on land in the municipalities of Andorra, Alcorisa, Alcañiz, Calanda and Híjar.
We already have a connection point for the first two phases, while the third phase depends on allocation by the Ministry of Ecological Transition of the evacuation capacity of the Andorra thermal power plant.
Innovation and new renewable technologies
The renewable project for Andorra is a unique project at the European level in innovation and in social commitment to the environment as a model for creating shared value.
From a technical standpoint, 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 renewables plants will be better integrated with the grid. Also noteworthy is the use of bifacial panels in the photovoltaic facilities, which improve reflectivity, and the use of the surface beneath the panels for agriculture, so-called agrivoltaics.
The renewable project for Andorra will be rounded off with a 294 million euro investment in the installation of a 60 MW electrolyser which producesrenewable hydrogen, a project included within the 23 initiatives that we have presented to the Ministry of Ecological Transition for the development of this technology in Spain. Some of the renewable power to come on stream in Teruel could be used for hydrogen production, creating 144 jobs in the construction phase of the electrolyser and 65 permanent positions in operation and maintenance.
Machinery used during the dismantling of the Andorra thermal power plant (Teruel).
Integrated management of the dismantling
The unique aspect of the dismantling project for the Andorra thermal power plant is that the demolition work is combined with the development of future renewable electricity generation facilities on the same site. This has involved extensive planning and coordination of the work, prioritising occupational health and safety and all aspects related to environmental preservation.
The dismantling will cost approximately 60 million euros and will employ around 140 people directly, who will carry out the work for 48 months. 80% of the workers involved in the dismantling work will be from Andorra and from towns close to the plant.
A selective demolition system will be used for the integrated management of the dismantling to segregate and categorise each of the 259,780 tonnes that make up the volume of the demolition. This method, along with the application of the circular economy in waste management, will maximise use of the waste, either for subsequent reuse or as a raw material.