Endesa announces that it will appeal through the contentious-administrative way the sanction of 13.6 million that the Governing Council of the Canary Islands imposed yesterday for the electricity zero that occurred in September 2019 in Tenerife.
In a statement, the energy generation and distribution company indicates that once it receives the notification of the agreement and the arguments and justifications for the sanction proposal are analyzed, it will proceed to present said appeal.
Endesa recalls that the origin of the incident was located in an infrastructure “outside” the company and ensures that it complied “at all times” with the regulations.
After confirming that none of its facilities registered failures, it began the start-up and reconnection maneuvers of the production groups to gradually recover the supply, “following the protocols of the system manager.”
“Endesa remains fully committed to offering a quality electricity supply in the Canary Islands,” the statement concludes.
The Governing Council of the Canary Islands resolved on Thursday two administrative proceedings to sanction the distribution and generator company (Unelco Endesa) for 13.6 million euros for three very serious administrative infractions provided for in Law 24/2013, and to the carrier, Red Eléctrica of Spain (REE) for 11.1 million euros for two very serious administrative offenses based on the same legislative text.
In the specific case of Endesa, the Government’s resolution specifies that it was found that the failure of the autonomous start-up capacity originated on September 29, 2019 evidences the lack of technical suitability of the Granadilla Gas 1 and 2 groups.
This fact resulted in a reduction, without authorization, in the production capacity and supply of electricity.
The Government emphasizes that not only was the supply guarantee put at risk, “but it was a determining element in the electricity zero that occurred longer than necessary, by conditioning the unavailability of the aforementioned Gas 1 and 2 groups in the strategy of replenishment of supply ».
In the case of Red Eléctrica de España, among other aspects, it was clear, according to the Canarian Executive, that the Granadilla substation – where the failure that led to the blackout on the island originated – did not have the protection equipment in accordance with its degree of criticality required in the Canarian Electric System.
This anomalous behavior of the protection system, underline the reports carried out from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, ended up generating a voltage dip whose effects spread from the Granadilla substation to the rest of the network.