Red Eléctrica improves the electricity supply to the largest logistical platform in Spain

The company is building a new 220 kV line at PLAZA (Plataforma Zaragoza), with access from the Entrerríos-Montetorrero line. The new line will come into service this year, following an investment of €11.8 million.

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The construction by Red Eléctrica de España of the new double-circuit 220 kilovolt (kV) line, with access from the Entrerríos-Montetorrero line to the Plataforma Zaragoza (PLAZA) substation, is proceeding as scheduled. This infrastructure work, which has involved an investment of €11.8 million, will improve the security of supply to the area.

Its start-up will notably improve the security of the electricity supply to the Zaragoza Logistics Platform PLAZA, which at more than 13 million square metres is the largest intermodal logistics zone in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe, providing a base for 350 companies. The transmission line is 4.8 km long, with 2.8 km of overhead lines and 2 km laid underground. This will also be the first section of 220 kV line laid underground in Aragon.

Red Eléctrica de España’s Manager of Regional Ebro Office, José Ignacio Lallana, joined the managing director of PLAZA, Francisco de la Fuente, on a visit to the site, which is centred around the placement of 11 towers of the line. In addition to being especially adapted to the area in which they are being placed (close to a motorway that carries high volumes of traffic, a military air base and Zaragoza airport), its design has included measures to protect birdlife in the region.

This project, which is included in the 2015-2020 Energy Plan prepared by the Spanish government with assistance from the country’s autonomous communities, provides a higher voltage (220 kV) power line that will strengthen the electricity network around Zaragoza, and more specifically around PLAZA, which was previously served by a single 132 kV line. This will increase the area’s potential to attract new corporate investment, as well as boosting investment in existing businesses, with all the positive repercussions that this will bring for economic development and job creation.