La Muela hydraulic power plant
The Cortes-La Muela pumped-storage hydroelectric power station is located on the right bank of the Jucar River, in the municipality of Cortes de Pallás (Valencia). The plant has a capacity of 1,772 MW, making it the second largest in Europe. The plant is owned and operated by Iberdrola, and the company has invested 1,200 billion Euros in its plant over the years, of which the last 300 million Euros were invested between 2006 and 2013 in the La Muela II expansion, in which the four reversible pump-turbines were put into service to take advantage of the 500-metre height difference between the La Muela artificial reservoir and the Cortes de Pallás reservoir.
With the extension, the plant increased its 630 MW power capacity to 1,750 MW in turbine mode and 1,280 MW in pump mode. The plant is capable of generating up to 5,000 GWh and meeting the annual power demand of 400,000 households, half of which was obtained with the expansion.
Large-scale Civil – Energy infrastructures
Valencia – Spain
UTE OCISA – OSSA (JOINT VENTURE)