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Drought Forces One of Spain’s Largest Hydro Plants to Halt

  • Endesa facility is set to shut for first time in 56-year life
  • Hydroelectric output has plunged amid drought-like conditions
The Mequinenza Hydroelectric Power Plant in Mequinenza, Spain, on Nov. 5.

The Mequinenza Hydroelectric Power Plant in Mequinenza, Spain, on Nov. 5.

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Spanish utility Endesa SA is set to shut down output at the country’s fifth-largest hydropower plant after drought-like conditions caused reservoir levels to fall below the minimum needed to keep it running. 

The Mequinenza facility, located in the north-eastern region of Aragon, will stop operating in mid-November after water levels subsided to below 23% of capacity, the company said in a statement. It’ll be the first time the plant has stopped functioning since it was opened in 1966.