Galicia’s largest hydroelectric power plant began commercial operation two months ago
During his speech, Ignacio Galan, reiterated Iberdrola’s commitment to the industrial development of Galicia, where the Group has invested over €1.1 billion in the past ten years
Galicia’s largest hydroelectric power complex has an estimated annual production of 1,000 gigawatts/hour (GWh), enough clean power to meet average energy demand of approximately 285,000 homes
IBERDROLA chairman, Ignacio Galan, and the head of Galicia’s regional government, Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, today unveiled a plaque to commemorate the commissioning of Santo Estevo II, a new hydroelectric power plant built in the Sil river basin, close to the village of Nogueira de Ramuin (Ourense).
During the event Galan highlighted the Group’s commitment to the region of Galicia, where the company has invested over €1.1 billion and made purchases of €1.2 billion from more than 200 local providers in the past ten years alone.
“It is our intention to continue supporting Galicia as we have until now, actively supporting local manufacturers and service providers and being an engine for growth” said Galan who announced completion of San Pedro power plant extension, downstream from Santo Estevo, for 2016.
IBERDROLA chairman also emphasised the importance of hydroelectric power since plants can provide power on demand whilst balancing loads from wind energy and other variable generation technologies.
Also in attendance were Galicia’s Secretary of Energy and Industry, Francisco Conde, the Secretary of Environment and Infrastructure, Agustin Hernandez, the Director General of Nature Conservation, Ricardo Garcia-Borregon and the Spanish Government representative in Galicia, Samuel Juarez.
From IBERDROLA, the event was also attended by the Group’s Corporate Resources Director, Fernando Becker and the Director of Liberalised Business for Continental Europe, Baldomero Navalon.
The new Santo Estevo II facility optimizes existing infrastructures: dam, reservoir, substation and export power lines, with a capacity of 176.9 megawatts (MW). To minimize environmental impact, the new powerhouse has been built underground, one of the most important engineering feats in the region’s recent history.
Thus, Galicia’s largest hydroelectric power complex has been created with 441 MW total installed capacity and estimated annual production of 1,000 gigawatts/hour (GWh), enough clean power to meet average energy demand of approximately 285,000 homes.
During the first quarter, while the plant was undergoing tests – commercial operation began on 27 February – the plant has produced 200 GWh, equivalent to the average consumption of 57,000 homes over a year.
This new facility has already met some of the first goals its construction set to achieve: sluice control and balancing flows downstream and optimizing exploitation of an indigenous, renewable energy source. Thus, the plant has saved more than 80 cubic hectometres by regulating water flows.
Work at Santo Estevo II begun in September 2008 and was completed at the end of 2012, strictly meeting its construction schedule. In those four years, IBERDROLA invested €127 million and created more than 300 jobs in the region, with 60% of all recruits being Galician or residents in Galicia.
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