Cleaner, more economical, more efficient!
Adeje is the first Canarian town with piped gas, and a number of the borough’s hotels are already using this form of fuel energy in their water heating installations and kitchens.
At a press conference today (June 18) the mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga welcomed the decision by Gas Canarias to work in Adeje, and congratulated those hotels groups such as H10 and Iberostar, who are already signing up for gas, as well as Siam Park, the first major installation in Adeje to have installed piped gas. Also present was the director general of Endesa in the Canary Islands, Pablo Casado Reboiro.
At the conference the mayor referred to the significantly lower levels of environmental contamination piped gas produces. “For us in Adeje it is a very important environmental step forward as gas is a product with less contamination, and is also a more economic energy source with competitive prices which has direct repercussions in a tourist destination. We have been pioneers in this respect here in Adeje with Siam Park (who opted for piped gas in 2007) and now two hotels have signed up with the prospect of many more hotels by the year’s end”.
To those of us who have either lived in Northern Europe or many parts of the peninsula piped gas is the norm, but here in the Canary Islands it’s still a work in progress. Newer homes tend to have electricity as the unique power source and older kitchens will still be using bottled gas. Certainly restaurants and hotels have been using bottled gas up to now, but here in Adeje that is changing, and between now and the end of this year, according to the president of Gas Canarias José Manuel García Muñoz, the company hope to have pipe lines stretching through most of South Adeje to La Caleta, with the expansion work continuing thereafter.
The advantages are many – installations are safe, they work on a high energy efficiency rate, and piped gas is acknowledged to be the cleanest type of fossil fuel on the market, reducing emissions significantly. The chemical composition is the reason for its acceptance as a cleaner fuel, with 25-30 % less CO2 emissions than oil and 40-50% less than coal. According to Gas Canarias hotels investing in the switch to gas will also see the economic benefits and the initial outlay for changing to gas will be met within two years. The gas supply is continuous, so no danger of power cuts, and payment methods are clear and transparent and the customer only pays for what they have used.
For now only larger installations such as hotels will be switching to piped gas, but the president did say that developers who might be looking to build new homes or complexes in the future could contact them about the timetable for domestic use and with questions about installations.
For the Hotel Iberostar Bougaville Playa the decision was taken following studies and consultation. According to their technical assessor, Antonio Martín, “we looked at the initial cost of making the switch alongside the many advantages which it would bring…and the reduction in CO2 emissions”. The decision was made to change, with an initial outlay of €90,000 but a projected saving of up to 50% in bills. Martín added that they expected four more hotels in the Iberostar group in Costa Adeje to connect to piped gas soon.
The H10 Gran Tinerfe, with 365 rooms, has also been using piped gas since January of this year.