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Another coal plant in Spain headed for retirement

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Argus Media:Spanish utility Viesgo has requested the closure of its 570MW Los Barrios coal-fired plant, the biggest of the three coal units that were still expected to continue operating in mainland Spain after 2022.The decision comes just four months after the company told Argus it planned to keep Los Barrios operational, suggesting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Spanish coal-fired power demand may have contributed to the change in strategy. Viesgo said it could not determine an estimated closure date for the plant as the process was subject to several administrative procedures and authorisations.Data from Spanish power grid operator REE show that coal-fired generation in the southwest province of Cadiz — where Los Barrios is the sole coal generator — reached minus 4.78GWh in the first five months of this year, which means the unit consumed more electricity than it produced during the period. This compares with a generation of 493GWh — or a 136MW hourly average — in January-May 2019.Coal-fired generation in May reached only 245GWh, or 330MW, in mainland Spain, down by 28.6pc year on year and a new record low. The volume represented just 1.4pc of the energy mix, also a historical minimum share.Viesgo’s decision means that Portuguese utility EDP’s 562MW Abono 2 and 346MW Soto de Ribera 3 are the only coal-fired plants that would continue operating in mainland Spain. EDP told Argus last month that it has been considering plans to shut down Soto de Ribera 3 by 2022, which means Abono 2 might become the sole coal unit in the peninsular system in the near future.A total of 15 of the existing 25 coal-fired units in mainland Spain are expected to close by 30 June this year, ahead of stricter EU-wide industrial emissions standards coming into force on 1 July. These units have a combined capacity of 4.87GW, more than half of the total 9.21GW. Another 2.5GW — Spanish utility Endesa’s 1.1GW Litoral de Almeria and 1.4GW As Pontes — could close by the end of 2021.[Juan Weik]More: Spain’s Viesgo U-turns and now plans to shut coal plant Another coal plant in Spain headed for retirementlast_img read more

Cech: Chelsea are right up there

first_img The Blues are chasing a first Premier League title since 2009/10, but won the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013. Jose Mourinho has made it clear Chelsea are in a transitional period, but Cech is one of four survivors from his title-winning sides from his first spell in a squad full of talent and potential. Press Association “We need to rediscover our killer instinct in the way that when we have chances to kill games off we need to do it,” Cech added. “You can’t keep your opponent alive and it happened to us many times this year.” Chelsea drew at Arsenal on Monday after adopting a defensive approach which prompted home fans to label the visitors ‘boring’. Cech hit back at the criticism and could not resist pointing to Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought. “Well in the end you count the titles,” he said. “If you have figure skating where you are judged by how nicely your routine is then obviously that is one point, but football is about points and goals and you need to get points to win trophies.” Petr Cech hopes Chelsea’s trophy-winning experience can prove crucial in the Barclays Premier League title race. In recent years Chelsea have been out of title contention by Christmas, but Mourinho’s men enter the Boxing Day bout with Swansea two points behind first-placed Liverpool, who lead Arsenal on goal difference and visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday. “We are right up there – we are two points (behind),” Cech said. “We don’t depend on anyone else. If we win our games we have a big chance of winning the title so it’s very positive and we know that we haven’t hit the best level of this team yet. We are improving and hopefully that will show. “We have won things in the past years which give us experience as a team so let’s see if we can use that as our advantage. “We have been in these situations many times fighting for the titles and playing under pressure before and after Christmas. “Towards the end of the season you have a lot of pressure because you need to get results and hopefully our experience will pay off.” Chelsea have made a stuttering start and lost away to Everton, Newcastle and Stoke, while strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba – with five Premier League goals between them – are still to fully fire. Too often, according to Cech, Chelsea have let their opponents off the hook, making their own lives difficult. last_img read more