As Pontes power station

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As Pontes power station, in the province of A Coruna, Spain, has 2,324 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity (1,468 MW coal-fired and 856 MW gas-fired).


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Background on Plant

As Pontes power station is a four-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 1,468.5 MW. The plant was completed between 1976 and 1979, and is owned by Enel.[1] According to Industcards, the Pontes plant has been converted to run on imported coal only, as local lignite reserves have declined.[2]

In May 2018, Endesa said it planned to invest more than EUR 200 million to bring the plant in line with EU pollution standards by 2020.[3] In May 2019, Endesa confirmed that the company had so far invested €77 million in pollution upgrades at AS Pontes.[4]

In September 2019, Endesa said it had halted conversion work on units 3 and 4 of the plant as it reconsiders the plant's future.[5] In December 2019 Endesa submitted an application to close the coal plant at an unspecified date. The capacity will be replaced with renewables.[6]

In May 2021, it was announced that the planned closure of the As Pontes plant in northern Spain would not be taking place as planned on June 30, 2021. The Spanish government asked Endesa to submit more information on the impact of the phaseout and dismantling the plant on the local environment. Local workers who expected to be employed in the dismantling effort by the end of 2021 have expressed concern over the decision which may delay the start of their contracts into 2022. As Pontes is the sole remaining coal-fired power plant in Spain still lacking the environmental approval required to shut down.[7]

As of January 2022, the plant was still operational. However, three units were on standby in order to stay within emissions limits and avoid violation.[8]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Endesa SA
  • Parent company: Enel
  • Location: As Pontes de García Rodríguez, O Eume, A Coruña (La Coruña), Galiza (Galicia), Spain
  • Coordinates: 43.441395, -7.862578 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 1,225 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 369 MW (start-up in 1976)
    • Unit 5: Gas-fired[9] combined cycle[10], 856 MW[10] (start-up in 2008)[11]
  • Gross generating capacity (mothballed): 1,099 MW
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 366 MW (start-up in 1977)
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired subcritical, 366 MW (start-up in 1978)
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired subcritical, 367 MW (start-up in 1979)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1976-1979
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. As Pontes power station, GEO, accessed April 2016
  2. "Coal-Fired Plants in Spain - other regions," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  3. "Endesa launches the revamping of the As Pontes plant to reduce emissions by up to 80%," Endesa, March 13, 2018
  4. "IEEFA Europe: Looming EU anti-pollution standards undercut recent coal investments," IEEFA, Nov 27, 2019
  5. "Fundamentals draw sting from Spain's coal phase out," Platts, Sep 23, 2019
  6. "Endesa requests closure of the As Pontes and Carboneras coal plants". Spain's News. 2019-12-27. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  7. "Trámites ambientales demorarán el cierre de la central térmica pontesa," La Voz de Galicia, Apr. 23, 2021
  8. "La estampa no cambia en As Pontes tras diez semanas desde la reactivación," Diario de Ferrol, January 24, 2022
  9. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 18WPGR5TG1-123-T, 18WPGR5TG2-123-M, 18WPGR5TV-1234-A accessed November 2019
  10. 10.0 10.1 Red Eléctrica de España (July 15, 2021). "Spanish Electricity System 2020 Report: Electrical energy generation". REE corporate website. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  11. Open Power Plants Database, ID g_18WPGR5TG1-123-T, g_18WPGR5TG2-123-M, g_18WPGR5TV-1234-A European Commission Joint Research Centre, version 0.91

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