I wonder if you sometimes are curious about where all the energy comes from that is being consumed here in Mallorca in an ever-increasing rate of mega watts. Yes, you flip the light switch or press a button, but where does the juice actually come from?
The Central Térmica Alcúdia (the old Alcúdia Power Station) near the port of Alcúdia was Mallorca’s main power station from the Sixties to the late Nineties when it was replaced by another plant, called Es Murterar, also in the area of Alcúdia, near the lagoon. The old Alcúdia Power Station was built under Franco in 1957. Electrical energy was produced by way of coal firing, hence its position near the coast. Coal was transported from the Spanish mainland to the Port d’Alcúdia by ship, and still is. The new Es Murterar power plant is also fed with coal.
Currently, there are four thermal power plants on Mallorca, Es Murterar, Son Reus, Cas Tresorer and Son Molinos. Since last year, there is also a connection to the mainland by under-water cable.
Nowadays, the old Alcúdia Power Station is a bit of an eye-sore, especially as it is situated in a rather popular tourist area. A few years ago, a competition was held, designs were drawn up and a winning entry was selected. Plans were approved to convert this power plant into an industrial museum. Of course, there is no money available now for any such fancy plans. I hope the architects, Alonso Hernández y Asociados from Pamplona, got paid for their winning entry (photo bottom).
The photos were borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodemallorca.es and Comunicació Endesa (top) and ahasociados.com (bottom).
We saw the old power station frequently – it was on the route back to our hotel in Aucanada! Thanks for a little of the history – we talked about the derelict station on a number of occasions as it turned the last part of our bike ride to transportation rather than recreation!
Today the power station and its surroundings are abandoned, though its two tall chimneys continue to rise above the bay and have become a common reference to the landscape of the island.
Refurbish the site as a museum and incorporate dining and leisure facilities, visitors to Majorca want to see the history of the island modern as well as ancient.
Knock it down and build some villas
Did you ever investigate the abandoned houses and apartments across from the villa? Seems strange they are building €3 million houses up the road when these are all abandoned and could be renovated. There is also a donkey there i would like to rescue