In another corner of the Iberian Peninsula, in As Pontes (A Coruña), 900 kilometres and nine hours away by road from Andorra, Víctor Gómez is working the night shift in the coal-fired power plant that his father helped build in the 70s. Originally from Silván, in León, Elicio travelled to Galicia to participate in the construction, through a contractor company, of one of the icons of energy production nationwide. Later, he joined Endesa to work in what was the largest open-cast coal mine in Spain.
- I worked as an electrician on excavator number 14 and since I was a child a large part of the conversations already revolved around work ... He always encouraged me to focus my working life on this sector.
Víctor is an industrial technical engineer and his first internship was at the plant, in the electronic instrumentation department. That initial experience encouraged him to try to join the company. He started out as an auxiliary in charge of the maintenance of telecommunications and from there it was possible to take a global look at everything that Endesa was involved in within the area: From the most obvious installations like the power plant, the combined cycle and the wind farms, to others that tend to go more unnoticed such as the port terminal in Ferrol and the stations for measuring environmental parameters.
- There were vacancies at the power station and I finally managed to join the workforce.
He worked alongside his father a few months before he retired and went on to devote all his time to family, travel and visiting his hometown, where he has a farm with fruit trees that he takes care of. But when he is in As Pontes and can enjoy his grandchildren he always reminds them how, under that huge sheet of water that today is the lake, he was part of the team on excavator number 14.