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).

Location

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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]

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): 2,324 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 369 MW (start-up in 1976)
    • 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)
    • Unit 5: Gas-fired[7] combined cycle[8], 856 MW[7] (start-up in 2008)[9]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1976-1979
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

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References

  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. 7.0 7.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 18WPGR5TG1-123-T, 18WPGR5TG2-123-M, 18WPGR5TV-1234-A accessed November 2019
  8. Spanish Electricity System 2018 Report Red Eléctrica de España, August 1, 2019
  9. 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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