Gas Natural Andalucía celebrates the 10th anniversary of Malaga's connection to the natural gas transport network
Gas Natural Andalucía has invested over 100 million euros in gas infrastructures in the province since 2003.
- The company distributes natural gas to more than 82,000 supply points in fourteen towns, thanks to a 1,110-kilometre distribution network .
Gas Natural Andalucía, a distribution subsidiary of GAS NATURAL FENOSA, today celebrated the tenth anniversary of Malaga's connection to the natural gas transport network, at a ceremony presided by the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and the director of the GAS NATURAL FENOSA Group's Gas Distribution Business in Spain, José María Gil Aizpuru.
The event was held in the Jardín Botánico Histórico-La Concepción and Malaga society was widely represented. Public administrations, business, financial and consumers' associations, professional associations and important industries in the province were all invited.
The figures show how well the people of Malaga have received this clean, competitive form of energy that continues to be a sign of progress in the province. The company has a distribution network of almost 1,110 kilometres delivering gas to 82,600 supply points in the domestic, industrial and tertiary sectors. This means that 250,000 people in Malaga now enjoy this form of energy.
Gas Natural Andalucía distributes natural gas to 14 towns in the province: Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Antequera, Benalmádena, Cártama, Coín, Estepona, Fuengirola, Málaga, Marbella, Mijas, Rincón de la Victoria, Torremolinos and Vélez-Málaga.
10 years of constant work and an investment of more than 100 million euros have been needed to achieve this. Malaga was connected to the Puente Genil-Malaga gas pipeline in 2003, marking the start of piped gas supply, with a network of nearly 350 metres. By the end of that year, 125,000 Malaga city residents had access to it.
In the course of the following five years, Gas Natural Andalucía supplied another nine towns (Alhaurín el Grande, Antequera, Benalmádena, Estepona, Fuengirola, Mijas, Rincón de la Victoria, Torremolinos and Vélez-Málaga). By 2008, Gas Natural Andalucía was the leading natural gas distributor in the province, with nearly 72,700 supply points and a network of 814 kilometres, providing more than 215,000 people in Malaga with access to this energy source.
Gas Natural Andalucía also services the Costa del Sol, both west (Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Mijas, Estepona and Marbella, where it arrived in 2011) and east, where it supplies Rincón de la Victoria and Vélez-Málaga, thanks to a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant.
A history that dates back to the 19th century
Piped gas has a long tradition in Malaga, going back more than 150 years. It was the City Council who decided to bring it to the city, as they needed gas for street lighting. The first contract was signed in 1852 by the Municipal Corporation and the French company, Lyonesa del Gas. They created the subsidiary Societé pour l’eclairage de Malaga, which built the first gas plant in what was then Huerta de los Cristos, in Malaga's expanding suburbs, known today as Paseo de los Tilos.
At the end of the 19th century, the gas supply company reached an agreement with the city council to provide lighting for private houses and supply gas for domestic purposes - heating, hot water and the kitchen. To get an idea of Malaga's gas infrastructure, it is worth remembering that in the first quarter of the 20th century, when Malaga's population was around 125,000, there were 20,000 gas consumers in the urban area.
On 8 October 1987, Gas Andalucía was founded by Catalana de Gas, Compañía Española de Gas and Repsol Butano, as well as the Andalusia Regional Government through the Society for the Promotion and Economic Reconstruction of Andalusia (SOPREA) which comes under the Andalusia Development Institute (IFA). In 1995, Grupo Gas Natural, now GAS NATURAL FENOSA, acquired 100% of the company when it purchased all the shares.
The expansion of the company's networks in Andalusia began in 1988, thanks to two important milestones: the construction and start-up of the Huelva-Córdoba-Madrid gas pipeline and the construction of two liquid natural gas (LNG) plants in Malaga and Cádiz.
Natural gas was brought to Malaga by Gas Natural Andalucía in 1994 and distribution began from the Polígono Guadalhorce facilities, through an LNG plant. This meant natural gas was transported to Malaga in tankers from the Huelva facilities, until a direct connection through the Magreb pipeline became available.
In 1997, Grupo Gas Natural signed an agreement with the Andalusian Regional Government to build the necessary infrastructures for piping natural gas to the Costa del Sol. Following this agreement, the Puente Genil-Malaga branch pipeline was built and extended to the western part of the Costa del Sol, initially to Mijas and later to Estepona, and then extended on the eastern side to Rincón de la Victoria.
The turn of the century saw Gas Natural Andalucía continuing its expansion in the region, thanks to the start-up of two large infrastructures: the Granada-Motril gas pipeline, in 2001, and the Genil-Málaga Bridge branch pipeline, in 2003, which made it possible to link the capital of the Costa del Sol to the gas pipeline network.
The Andalusia Regional Government’s drive has been fundamental to this expansion, thanks to the agreements signed under the Andalusia Energy Plan (PLEAN) and subsequently, the Andalusian Plan for Energy Sustainability (PASENER), as well as the support and collaboration of the local authorities in the municipalities supplied.
GAS NATURAL FENOSA in Malaga
In addition to gas distribution, GAS NATURAL FENOSA undertakes other energy activities in Malaga. The company has a combined-cycle power plant in the Andalucía de Campanillas Technology Park, which began operating in 2011 following an investment of 250 million euros. The plant plays a vital role in ensuring the quality of the electricity supply to the Costa del Sol.
In addition, the multinational is responsible for supplying compressed natural gas for the buses of Malaga's municipal transport company.
But apart from its business activities, GAS NATURAL FENOSA maintains a strong commitment to the province, which is reflected in its support for initiatives that generate a high value for society and transcend those business activities. Prominent among these is its sponsorship of the Malaga Spanish Film Festival, along with the Culture in the Districts programme, the cultural activities of Fuengirola Town Council and the Marbella Book Fair.
Malaga, 30 September 2013.