Collectives call for a "common front" in San Roque against the Red Eléctrica substation
Neighbourhood groups from the bay arch in San Roque and environmentalists from Verdemar have met to prepare "a common front" against the Puente Mayorga substation. Among other actions, a demonstration has been called for Thursday 12 May.
The residents will demonstrate that day in Puente Mayorga "asking for help from the people of San Roque, from all its social and political fabric". The protest will leave from the Cepsa neighbourhood at 18.00 hours.
These groups have announced that they are going to present allegations of appeal against the Resolution of 8 April 2022, of the Secretary of State for Energy, which publishes the Agreement of the Council of Ministers of 22 March 2022, which approves the planning of the electricity transmission network Horizon 2026.
These groups interpret that "there has been a substantial change in the project with respect to the initial location of the substation in Los Portichuelos (La Línea) to Puente Mayorga, San Roque", as Verdemar Ecologistas en Acción explained to VIVA this Sunday.
This change, they allege, "disqualifies the proposal for the Development of the RDT of Electrical Energy Period 2021-2026 and Resolution 2897 of 11 February 2021, of the National Commission for Markets and Competition, which grants the singular character of the new submarine electrical interconnection of 132 kV double circuit electrical energy transmission link, "Peninsula-Ceuta", requested by Red Eléctrica de España S.A.U., between the electrical substations of Portichuelos (La Línea) and Puente Mayorga, San Roque, between the electrical substations of Portichuelos, in La Línea, and Virgen de África (Ceuta) and its inclusion in the remuneration system for singular investments with special technical characteristics".
In the opinion of the neighbourhood associations, "the following procedures have continued to be breached. Namely: Resolution of 9 December 2021, of the Directorate General for Environmental Quality and Assessment, by which a strategic environmental declaration is formulated for the Plan for the Development of the Electricity Transmission Network 2021-2026".
"The substation next to the SE-DTSUR: ID 10 ALGECIRAS overturns all previous notifications. The environmental considerations and health effects are totally different and are neither analysed nor informed", they consider.
At the meeting held in Puente Mayorga, they discussed the announcement of 7 May 2022 in which "the Department of Industry and Energy of the Government Subdelegation in Seville, submits to public information the application for Prior Administrative Authorisation, Administrative Authorisation of Construction, Environmental Impact Statement, and Declaration, specifically, of Public Utility of the Peninsula-Ceuta electricity interconnection, made up of various facilities, but which will be processed by the General State Administration as a single file".
For these groups, "the project has started again and the substation may change location, just as happened in La Línea. It should be borne in mind that REE has been trying to move this project forward since 1996 without success".