Ence is studying the implementation in As Pontes of a complementary bioplant, for the recovery, development and production of new biomaterials.

Ence estudia la puesta en marcha en As Pontes de una bioplanta, para la recuperación, desarrollo y producción de nuevos biomateriales

The aim of Ence is to “complete the circle” in Galicia: to manufacture a product whose origin and destination is northwest Spain and which is marketed primarily in Galicia.

Ence – Energía y Celulosa is considering launching a new project, complementary to its Pontevedra biofactory, in the A Coruña town of As Pontes. This is a bioplant for the recovery, development and production of new biomaterials, with which the company enters the paper recovery sector, as part of its strategic commitment to the circular bioeconomy.

Ence wants to be part of the future of Galicia and, therefore, redoubles its commitment, building a bioplant complementary to the Pontevedra biofactory, for the development of new biomaterials from recovered fibre and cellulose produced in Pontevedra. 

This bioplant is not a cellulose plant, but will produce recycled natural fibres, with a consumption of natural resources (water, agroforestry by-products, etc.), capacity and dimensions much smaller than those of the Pontevedra biofactory. It is an independent work centre, with an autonomous and differentiated activity.

The process, from its launch (including engineering and obtaining all the permits) will take between three and five years, until its start-up. It will involve a combined investment of around 355 million euros and the creation of some 1,190 jobs (150 direct, 400 indirect and 636 induced).

The complementary bioplant will turn the area into a strategic enclave for the bioeconomy in Galicia, as it proposes the transformation of a thermal power plant into a modern facility that will be an example of Just Transition in the Community. 

The natural fibres that this bioplant will manufacture will be obtained from 80% recovered paper and cardboard, in a process that is fully respectful of the environment, in which it will be bleached with an innovative eco-efficient and chlorine-free process.

The process will be fully sustainable from start to finish, based on reusing and minimising the use of natural resources. Thus, the water used by the bioplant can be reused. The plant itself will generate all the renewable thermal and electrical energy required for the process, using agroforestry by-products certified in a pioneering manner under the European SURE scheme for biomass and in accordance with the Decalogue for the sustainability of biomass as a fuel – an initiative promoted voluntarily by Ence.

In this way, the bioplant will be energy self-sufficient. The surplus energy will be supplied to the electricity grid and will be used to cover the local consumption of companies and local residents. Paper production will be completely carbon-free. No fossil fuels will be used in any step of the process.

The company and the Xunta de Galicia, will offer this Thursday, June 30, a joint press conference to detail this information, With this project, Ence complements the activity of its biofactory in Pontevedra, through a bioplant dedicated to an innovative, autonomous and different activity: the production of biomaterials, entering the recovered fibre sector. The company “completes the circle” of the circular bioeconomy in Galicia, as part of its commitment to this community and its commitment to the generation of sustainable wealth and employment in it.