Spanish energy company Endesa has received the definitive permit to build two 430MW CCGTs on a 12 hectare site in the Lacq region in Southern France. Investment in the new plants, which are slated to come onstream in 2010, will total around E500 million.

Endesa France selected the Lacq region due to its ideal connectivity to gas and water resources in addition to a 400KV transmission network. The decision was further underpinned by the extensive regional industrial platform and the support lent by local authorities.

The combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) will enable Endesa France to diversify the fuel used at its generation assets by introducing natural gas. The move is aimed at establishing a more balanced, competitive and environmentally compatible generation portfolio.