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Canaries unveil pioneering underwater electricity connection beween islands 

President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres has revealed details of the official presentation of the underwater electrical interconnection project between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, a plan he defined as “a key piece in promoting the energy transition in the Canary Islands”.

Sr. Torres stressed that this energy project “is framed
within the European and national objectives of decarbonisation of the economy,
goals that include the reduction of greenhouse effect emissions by 2030 and the
greater integration of renewable energies until achieving an electricity sector
100% green in 2040 ”in the Canary Islands, ten years before the horizon set by
the European Union (EU), in 2050.

For her part, the president of the Red Eléctrica Group,
Beatriz Corredor, highlighted that “with this new link we revalidate our
commitment to the safety and quality of the electricity supply in the Canary
Islands, as well as our role as a fundamental actor in the energy transition,
by favoring the implementation of new green energy facilities ”.

This future submarine interconnection, which will become the
second between the Canary Islands (the first is Lanzarote and Fuerteventura),
fits into the green transformation process initiated by the Government of the
Canary Islands after the signing of the progress pact that supports the current
Executive, the Declaration of Climate Emergency in the Canary Islands (of
August 30, 2019) and the ongoing definition of the Canary Islands Sustainable
Development Agenda, apart from the entire autonomous regulatory body that is
already promoted by the same Government originating in the Ministry of
Transition Ecological, Fight for Climate Change and Territorial Planning, in
which José Antonio Valbuena is in charge.

At the same meeting, the president of the Cabildo de La
Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo, reaffirmed the island’s commitment to the electrical
interconnection project, “which will provide stability, guarantee and
responsiveness to possible network outages.” Along these lines, he pointed
out that the arrival of the submarine electric cable does not stop La Gomera’s
commitment to clean energy. “It is an opportunity to address the
decarbonisation of the economy and the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels,
as well as to place La Gomera in a privileged position and turn it into a
territory capable of producing more renewable energy than it consumes in the
year, ” he said.

President of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín,
indicated that “the electricity system in the Canary Islands is fragile. For
this reason, all the interconnection initiatives mean undoubted improvements
for the Archipelago ”.

In his assessment, the Minister of Ecological Transition,
José Antonio Valbuena, highlighted in the same act that this interconnection
will not only imply a greater robustness of the electrical systems of both
islands and a significant advance in the penetration of renewable energies, but
will also mean the reduction of CO2 emissions estimated at 16 kilotonnes a
year, a decisive step in achieving the objectives proposed to decarbonise the
Canarian economy by 2040.

The planned investment to make this interconnection possible
is approximately 103 million euros, and the time for the deployment of the link
and the construction of the two extreme substations will be around 24 months,
once all the authorisations and permits are obtained.

The development of this interconnection completes other
actions to strengthen the network that are being developed in the west of
Tenerife in accordance with current planning and to provide greater security to
the electricity system and thus advance the energy transition objectives that
the Canary Islands are projecting.