The Government rules out “emphatically” that Spain may suffer a major electrical blackout

Minister Teresa Ribera assures that the electricity generation structure in Spain is “very powerful” and that there will be no blackouts.

The third vice president, Teresa Ribera.  Efe

Although Austria is already preparing its population for a possible major electrical blackout that would leave them without electricity and gas, the Government completely rules out that this could happen in Spain.

The Third Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has ensured that the supply of electricity and gas is guaranteed and has “categorically” ruled out the risk that Spain suffers from electricity blackouts.

Ribera has explained that the electricity generation structure in Spain is “very powerful” and it practically doubles demand at peak times. In addition, after his trip to Algeria to negotiate the supply of gas to Spain – before the closure of the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline scheduled for Sunday – he has assured in statements to Onda Cero that the supply of gas “is guaranteed.”

As Teresa Ribera explained, the Spanish energy system “is almost an island, the risk of a type of blackout due to a system crash in third countries is very limited and there is the capacity to put a sanitary cordon in case that happens. “It is an issue that we can we can rule out of our horizon of concerns with total resounding ”, he remarked.

Algeria

Although on October 31 the contract between Algeria and Morocco of the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline, Ribera has insisted that “we do not have to worry from the point of view of the guarantee of supply”. Now, the Medgaz gas pipeline is being reinforced to increase its gas transport capacity and, what cannot be transported by this route, is transferred through LNG tankers, “but everything can work perfectly.”

Likewise, the extension of gas reserves has been expanded and an increase in the slots has been agreed, as well as the capacity to receive additional LNG tankers.

With regard to the price of gas, Ribera has clarified that the Government cannot intervene in the prices because “the relationship of the price per contract depends on the commercial relationship.”

At the moment, companies such as Naturgy, Endesa or Repsol are negotiating a price review, and the Government hopes “that there will be a reasonable price agreement between buyers and suppliers.”