Eiffage Energia constructing new Repetco recycling plant in Albacete

Eiffage Energía construye la nueva planta de reciclaje de Repetco en Albacete

Eiffage Energía is building a new recycling plant that implements Repetco’s innovative technology in the Romica industrial estate in Albacete. The company’s Electrical Installations and Mechanical Installations Departments and its construction subsidiary, Conscytec, are all participating in this project.

Repetco has entrusted Eiffage Energía with the global execution of the project, meaning that company is responsible for coordinating and executing the civil engineering works, the electrical and mechanical installations, and the control and security systems. The engineering work associated with this innovative, state-of-the-art facility has been carried out by Técnicas Reunidas, through its subsidiary Heymo Ingeniería.

The new plant, scheduled for completion by the end of 2022, will have a maximum annual input capacity of 150,000 tonnes of post-consumer mixed plastics and an output of 45,000 tonnes of rPET pellets per annum .

Repetco Innovations envisages investment of 55 million euros, which is higher than the initially planned 47 million euros, following a strategic decision to expand capacity to enable bales of raw material from any waste management origin to be treated and to increase the quality of the final recycled product. The facility will create a total of 48 direct jobs.

This unique and innovative project will enable multilayer PET/PE packaging from the food packaging industry to be recycled for the first time. The process represents a step forward in the areas of sustainability and the circular economy, which are basic premises of all the business lines of Eiffage Energía. It will also be a global milestone in this market, given that the facility will be the only one in the world with the capacity to recycle multilayer food trays in a truly circular manner by returning them to multilayer food tray producers.

The circular nature of this project and the technological milestone it represents is underlined by the fact that it has received funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB).