Meirama thermal power plant is located in the parish of Encrobas in the province of A Coruña.

Meirama thermal power plant was built in the vicinity of a lignite site to take advantage of this fuel, but depletion of the mine’s reserves meant that in 2008 the lignite was replaced by coal. Naturgy has since transformed the former mine into an artificial lake, Lake Meirama, one of Spain’s largest environmental rehabilitation actions. The project, a 60 million euro investment, consisted of recovering the space affected by mining activity in a sustainable way, creating a large lake in the former mining pit that is 2.2km long and 1km wide (totalling 171 hectares), and reforesting the land and the mine’s tailings heaps. It has created a large, protected biodiverse space that will boost the economic, tourist and environmental development of the area due to its natural value.

Key figures


Year commercial operations began

Adjacent installations

2 reservoirs, 1 slag and ash landfill


Date dismantling started

36 months

Estimated end date for dismantling


Progress of the dismantling


In defining the dismantling works, environmental measures and safety procedures have been considered a priority to ensure they are carried out correctly and that third parties and the environment are not affected.

The buildings and installations at the power plants feature different types and combinations of structural elements. Therefore, a combination of manual and mechanical procedures have been incorporated into the dismantling and demolition methodology, in some cases combining the two types of procedures and using explosives to carry out controlled blasting.

Dismantling works carried out

The dismantling works carried out to date are: 

  • The tasks of cleaning and removing explosive atmospheres from deposits and circuits. 

  • The electrical systems (including the power transformers), the main equipment (turbine, alternator, mills, fans, etc.) and a large part of the interconnection pipes between the boiler and the turbine have been dismantled, having previously had their thermal insulation removed.

Local hiring

There are around 90 people on site working on these tasks, of which the following are locally hired:

  • 9 people from the Just Transition Institute list (7 of them residents in Cerceda, Ordes or Carral).

  • 17 people from Cerceda, Ordes and Carral.

  • 45 people from other municipalities in the province.

  • Occasional participation of local companies

Alternative projects

Meirama, As Encrobas and Teixos1

Three wind power generation projects, totalling 117 MW, which are expected to generate 850 direct jobs and 379 indirect jobs:

  • Meirama (49,5 MW)
  • As Encrobas (20 MW)
  • Teixos (48 MW)

Development of a hydrogen production hub with a 30 MW electrolyser in phase 1, and up to 200 MW in phase 2, on the land where the thermal power plant is located to supply local industries for consumption as the replacement raw material for grey hydrogen, for thermal uses to replace fossil fuels, for use as fuel in mobility and to inject into the natural gas network.

The projected employment for this project is 650 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and 70 direct and indirect jobs for operation and maintenance.

Projects under study

The following projects to be carried out by third parties are also under study:

Project 1

Transmission to Red Eléctrica of a part of the 230 kV substation corresponding to the former generation positions, to connect the new renewable generation planned in the area to the transport network.

Project 2

Also under consideration is the transfer of land to construct a new substation associated with the new renewable generation planned in the area, and to implement hydrogen and biogas projects.

Project 3

An agreement has been signed for the transfer to a third party of the plant’s non-hazardous waste landfill. The purpose of this landfill was to deposit ash and slag from the plant, and only around 10% of its total capacity is currently used. With transmission to a third party (subject to administrative authorisations) rather than its sealing and closure, there would be capacity for non-hazardous waste storage (in Galicia there is currently little capacity available, and it is foreseeable that new landfills will need to be created in the short term) and this activity would continue in the area, which could involve around ten new jobs.

Environmental green light for the Encrobas wind farm

Naturgy ha obtenido la Declaración de Impacto Ambiental (DIA) favorable para el parque eólico Encrobas, paso previo al otorgamiento de la resolución de autorización administrativa y de construcción que permitirán, junto con la obtención de las licencias de obra municipales, comenzar los trabajos de construcción de esta instalación. 

Renewable hydrogen hub of up to 200 MW in Meirama

Meirama will house the future Galician renewable hydrogen production hub. The project entails installing an electrolysis plant powered with 100% renewable energy on land once occupied by the Meirama thermal power plant in the town of Cerceda (A Coruña).

Environmental green light for the Meirama wind farm

The Meirama wind farm, located in the municipalities of Cerceda, Carral and Ordes, is one of the projects associated with the closure of the Meirama thermal power plant included in the alternative plan that Naturgy is developing, and which will involve new investments in renewable generation and the production of renewable gases in the region and in Galicia in the coming years.

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