On 29 September, His Majesty King Felipe VI inaugurated the 4th La Toja Forum. An event where representatives of the national and international political scene and Spanish senior managers met for three days to reflect on the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, the new concept of the West, energy security, the evolution of globalisation and cybersecurity.
Antonio Llardén, Chairman of Enagás, took part in the round table: “Energy autonomy and security in Europe,” together with the President of Redeia, Beatriz Corredor; the CEO of Iberdrola Spain, Mario Ruíz-Tagle, and the President of the Electricity Market Operator (OMEL), Carmen Becerril. Llardén set out the key elements that, in his opinion, will make it possible to guarantee security of supply, as well as the energy tools and carriers on which Europe must focus in order to achieve energy independence.
The Enagás Chairman said that “in the current climate it is essential to agree on the fundamentals in order to have some degree of overview and to make an effort for this to work” and he added that, in order to face the current energy context and dispense with Russian gas, it is necessary for “the energy networks to be interconnected to guarantee security of supply.”
On the key role that Spain plays in supplying Europe, Antonio Llardén highlighted the value of Spanish energy infrastructures and defended the fact that energy autonomy and decarbonisation require increasing the capacity of energy interconnections: “The peninsula cannot be isolated, both in our interest and out of solidarity.”