The largest military hospital in Spain rents four generators urgently

The Gómez Ulla Central Defense Hospital Madrid, the largest reference center for military health in all of Spain, has renewed its power generator system in emergency situations with the rental of four large generator sets. An urgent contract authorized by the Council of Ministers with the aim of «have a backup power supply, in the event that a supply failure ordinary electricity ».

According to the reference of the Council of Ministers on October 19, the Government «has agreed to take account of the emergency declaration for the hiring of the rental service of four 1,000-kilowatt generating sets and the technical assistance service necessary for their maintenance, for an amount of 625,000.00 euros, in order to provide the Gómez Ulla Central Defense Hospital, Health Center of Life and Hope of the necessary emergency relief supply ».

The contract has been executed by way of «emergency hiring“And, according to the Executive,” has allowed the hospital to continue operating, complying with the electrotechnical regulations for low voltage, which requires hospitals to have a emergency power supply, in the event of a failure in the ordinary electricity supply ”.

It is, as OKDIARIO has learned from military sources, four generators, which run on diesel, are located at the plant of the center basement sanitary. The current ones, which according to the Government have been replaced by «failure beyond repair»Accumulate decades of use.

Three of these generators were installed in 1976 and a fourth reinforcement in 1986. Their engines generate powers of between 1,350 and 1,480 horsepower. So far, they explain, they had not had serious breakdowns that forced to replace them, but as the Government warns, the current breakdown seems to have affected all four simultaneously.

Description of the Gómez Ulla generators.

At the time of approval of the file, the announcement of the Minister council It went completely unnoticed as one more technical contract, within the dozens that the Government approves each week. However, a few days later the warning issued by the Austrian army about a hypothetical widespread power outage in Europe. And for some, that reference from the Council of Ministers then gained greater interest, despite the fact that it warns that the contract originates from a breakdown and that the Government of Pedro Sánchez specifically denies the risk of blackout.

Homeland security sees no risk

The Government insists on pointing out that the risk of suffering a major energy blackout in Spain, such as the one that Austria has practically taken for granted, is minimal. In fact, in the National Security Strategy, the State guide to act in the event of any risk for Spain, the possibility of a big supply cut electric. Nor is it explicitly discussed in the monographic document on energy risks of the Department of Homeland Security (DSN).

The government of Pedro Sanchez insists that the risk is minimal, and even rules out the possibility “categorically” – in the words of the Minister of Energy Transition, Teresa Ribera-, while in Austria they consider it a “Real and very serious risk”. Some of the Spanish seem more inclined to believe the Austrians, in view of the skyrocketing sales of candles, lanterns and gas stoves.

In Spain there are already some autonomous communities that have taken it more seriously than the Government. In Catalonia, for example, the deputy director of Civil Protection Programs, Sergio Delgado, explained in an interview to RAC1 that a long-term blackout «is a real possibility». He warned that it is «a scenario that has been worked on and that we already have prepared.

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