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Stellantis warns that lack of access to high voltage is limiting its future in Vigo


In the law regulating the “transport, distribution, marketing and supply activities” of electricity in Spain and amounts still in effect appear in pesetas. It is a relevant regulation year 2000automation of industrial processes is a long-term goal and electric vehicles are not only meat from futuristic movies. But this is the same legal document implied by the central government to approve the Stellantis Vigo factory (Royal Decree 1955/2000). It does not have the right to be connected to a very high voltage network like those that feed other automobile factories in the country.and this will prevent power outages.

With the “no” in Madrid, the factory run by Ignacio Bueno will continue to be fed by a network of contacts. 132 kilovolts (kV) and consequent voltage drops and micro interruptions. The future situation, a company spokesperson warns this newspaper, “will be limiting for industrial plans” from the facilities. “If they talk to us, we can explain it to them.”

As FARO DE VIGO, a newspaper belonging to the same group as this media moves forward on Tuesday, the Ministry of Ecological Transition considers that Stellantis Vigo does not need to be connected to a 220 kV grid and will not reconsider its location. The UVigo Department of Electrical Engineering and this, not only because it failed to meet the minimum energy demand based on a decree-law from 22 years ago, but also because it questions the existence of voltage micro-interruptions as detailed in a technical study by the department’s Electrotechnical and Electrical Networks Group caused the loss of production of a hundred cars in just one day. The rationale of the ministry, headed by Teresa Ribera, angered the factory management. “He seems more interested in justifying his unwavering position than in understanding the problem. and contributes to the resolution of consequences that punish production”, conclude from Balaídos. “We are aware that the Vigo plant does not meet the minimum threshold required for connection to the very high voltage grid and therefore exception requested, granted in other cases”.

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The electricity supply law of 2000 establishes only the probability that energy consumers will suffer a maximum number of supply interruptions of more than three minutes; this cannot exceed eight per year in the case of Stellantis – due to its location, urban and 132 kV power. The problem is that the factory is subject to voltage drops and millisecond micro-interruptions not defined in the decree.. “A micro-cut that takes milliseconds, today It paralyzes our facilities, which causes serious production losses, and is not considered in this standard.. Referencing regulations reveals little of the Department’s disposition to understand the problems of today and the needs of the future”, the Stellantis spokesperson deepens. Irregularities in the voltage of the 132 kV grid not only cancel production lines, but also cause serious damage to systems software Y equipment and removal of automatic devices from the program is becoming more and more important in the business world. He adds that the factory urgently needs “supply reliability” that it has never had before.

An obstacle that will increase in the future as the automation of processes will increase., in addition to the race for electrification of all vehicles. everytime i know will attract more than power supply. “The decarbonisation process into which we are immersed, evolution of industrial processes towards electrificationIn the very near future, the facility will likely reach these thresholds and therefore, the situation will be limiting for future industrial plans“, to remember.

Although Madrid’s Stellantis repeated that they did not meet the conditions and denied that the current network was “incomplete”, The government has planned a substation for Balaídos in its Red Eléctrica 2015-2020 plan. With the same law that applies today. Vigo factory in recent years million-dollar investments through doors to limit the impact of micro-outages in productive activities such as the installation of 26 uninterruptible power supplies with a power of 3 MVA to disconnect vital electronic and control equipment from external interference. The joint investment exceeds 6 million Euros at an annual cost of 300,000 Euros.

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The Stellantis Vigo has been left out of Red Eléctrica’s very high voltage connection planning, despite the constant gaps and micro-interruptions the factory is subjected to, resulting in the loss of hundreds of vehicles each year. A position that, far from being reconsidered, is once again adjudicated in writing, given that there is no evidence of insufficient networking, as initially argued by FARO DE VIGO. But the central government will need to reconsider this decision: yesterday the Senate passed a motion by popular Javier Guerra that called for the Ministry of Ecological Transition to change the planning (in force for the period 2021-2026), and the factory directed by Ignacio Bueno was converted to today’s 132 kV. Compared to 220 kilovolt (kV) connection.

As Guerra explained to this newspaper, the parliamentary initiative had the support of 14 lawmakers. Among the entities that endorsed the move is that of the PNV, which led to the final approval. Likewise, Ciudadanos received support from the Democratic Group and the Left Group. The socialist group, like the ERC group, abstained.

“The PSOE submitted an amendment that he called work to examine the need to adopt measures, but of course it was not accepted,” said the senator from Vigo. In his speech, he pointed out that “We are facing an error by the Government and in this case it is urgent that Stellantis be corrected as it is not competitive”.

The decree “regulating transport, distribution, marketing and supply activities” belongs to the year 2000. It does not include the effect of voltage micro-interruptions or existing features of factories.

For the period 2015-2020, the Government has designed a substation in Balaídos so that the plant will have a 220 kV supply, as in all other plants in Spain. Now he doesn’t think it’s necessary.

Stellantis Vigo has invested heavily in isolating equipment from external ailments such as micro-cuts. To achieve this, they exhausted the possibilities of domestic measures.

Source: Informacion



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