GE – in consortium with Cobra Infrastructuras Hidráulicas – has been selected by Red Eléctrica, the sole transmission agent and operator of the national electricity system in Spain, to deliver six pumped storage turbines for the 200 MW Chira Soria project in Gran Canaria, Spain. The scope of work includes the design, supply, transport, and commissioning of the turbines, generators, main transformers and electrical balance-of-plant equipment. The project is expected to come online in 2027, with an energy storage capacity of 3.5 GWh.

Expected to play a pivotal role in Gran Canaria’s energy transition, the pumped storage units of 37 MW each will help stabilise the grid. For this project, water will be pumped from the sea and desalinated before reaching the upper reservoir.

Once completed, the power station is expected to increase renewable energy production on the island by 37% and lead to an additional reduction in annual CO2 emissions of 20%.