Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) has presented a project to connect the city of Ceuta, Spain’s enclave on the Moroccan coast, with the electricity system of the rest of the country.
The EUR-221-million (USD 237.1m) initiative will help the energy isolated city get access to clean and renewable power produced on the mainland Spain, and reduce its dependence of fossil fuels, currently its only source of electricity, REE said.
The underwater cable will be 58 kilometres (36 miles) long, running run between the Spanish region of Andalusia and the city of Ceuta. On the Ceuta side, the cable will reach a new substation, which will be built close to the existing thermal power station that is currently supplying the city.
REE said that it has already started the permitting process for the project.
The Peninsula-Ceuta interconnection was included in the 2021-2026 plan for the development of the electricity transmission network that the Spanish government approved about a month ago. This plan, which foresees EUR 6.96 billion in investments in grid modernisation and interconnection infrastructure, is binding for REE, the grid operator said.
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