Velilla del Río Carrión power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Velilla del Río Carrión power station is a retired 516-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Montaña Palentina, Palencia, the province of Castilla y León, Spain.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Montaña Palentina, Palencia, the province of Castilla y León, Spain.

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The Velilla del Río Carrión power station was originally commissioned in 1964 to take advantage of the nearby Palencia mining basin, which encompassed the Sabero, Guardo, and La Pernía mines.[2] However, in the 1990s, the plant began using imported coal, which arrived through the Port of Santander and the Musel of Gijón; fuel and gas were also used as backup fuel.[2] Water to cool the plant is sourced from the Carrion River.[1]

In 2008, a desulfurization unit was added to Unit 2 of the plant; yet in 2009, the plant still emitted 928,000 tonnes of CO2.[1]

In November 2017, Iberdrola, the operator/sponsor of the plant, requested permission from the government to close of the plant due to rising costs and decreased profitability.[3] On November 18, 2017, three thousand people protested the closure in Velilla's main square, afraid it would lead to loss of jobs.[2]

On June 30, 2020, along with several other plants (see Compostilla, Litoral, Teruel), the plant was disconnected from the grid and decommissioned.[3][2]

To replace the Velilla plant, Iberdrola announced it would develop over 1,800 MW of wind and photovoltaic power, representing an investment of over 1,300 million Euros. In Velilla, it will build a solar photovoltaic complex with a capacity of 400 MW, representing an investment of 300 million euros and creating around 4,000 jobs.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Iberdrola SA
  • Parent company: Iberdrola
  • Location: Montaña Palentina, Palencia, the province of Castilla y León, Spain
  • Coordinates: 42.8185, -4.8547 (exact)
  • Coal type: Anthracite/bituminous
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 516 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 155 MW (start-up in 1964)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 361 MW (start-up in 1984)

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Velilla (Guarda) Coal Power Plant Spain - GEO". Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Central térmica de Velilla - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre". (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Planelles, Manuel (2020-06-29). "España desconecta siete centrales térmicas y arranca el proceso para enterrar el carbón". EL PAÍS (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  4. "Iberdrola acelera sus inversiones en renovables en Castilla y León para la transformación verde de la comarca de Velilla". Iberdrola (in español). Retrieved 2021-07-13.

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