Pipelines, Storage & Power

Gas in good position to boost share of Spain’s power mix

With many of Spain’s coal-fired power plants expected to close in the coming years, gas seems well-placed to make gains in the generation mix With many of Spain’s coal-fired power plants expected to close in the coming years, gas seems well-placed to make gains in the generation mix.
By Andreas Walstad 2 August 2018 0 31987
A gas power plant in Spain. The Castelnou Energia CCGT plant in Spain. (GDF Suez)

The cut in national subsidies for coal, coupled with stricter EU environmental legislation, means many of Spain’s older coal-fired plants are expected to close by 2020. This should leave more room for gas in power generation as a flexible back-up for intermittent supply from wind and solar. 

Despite concerns over security of supply, Spain’s competition regulator the CNMC ruled in January that the country could close at least 3 GW – or 30% – of its coal-fired plants without risking blackouts. With many...