Galician Regional Government to build fourth biowaste plant with €5.5 million budget

La cuarta planta de biorresiduos de la Xunta estará ubicada en el polígono empresarial de Verín
La cuarta planta de biorresiduos de la Xunta estará ubicada en el polígono empresarial de Verín

The Galician Regional Government is to build its fourth biowaste treatment plant in the Pazos Business Park in the municipality of Verín.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Regional Minister for the Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing, Ángeles Vázquez, during a visit to the site of the third biowaste plant to be built by Sogama, which will join the plants in Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra) and Cervo (Lugo). The Regional Government will allocate a total budget of €5.5 million for the acquisition of the site (€400,000) on which the plant will be located and for the construction of the facilities. The construction work will be carried out based on the technical design of the Cervo plant, which has similar characteristics, thus reducing the execution time so that the plant can be up and running by next year. The contract for the Cervo plant was awarded recently.

The site of the fourth plant – which will serve 24 municipalities in the province of Ourense – has a surface area of almost 12,000 square metres, of which 3,500 will be used for the enclosed building. Like the plant to be installed in the province of Lugo, the Verín facility will have the capacity to treat up to 3,000 tonnes per year of the organic fraction of household waste, and another 1,600 tonnes of pruning and wood waste. The Regional Minister explained that the aim is to produce 1,500 tonnes of high-quality compost per annum, for use in the agricultural sector as a natural and sustainable fertiliser to replace artificial fertilisers.

The Verín plant will benefit around 52,300 residents of the province, specifically those living in the municipalities of Verín, Oímbra, Monterrei, Cualedro, Trasmiras, Laza, Castrelo do Val, Ríos, Vilardevós, Baltar, Os Blancos, Calvos de Randín, Porqueira, Xinzo de Limia, Vilar de Santos, Rairiz de Veiga, Sandías, Xunqueira de Ambía, Sarreaus, Vilar de Barrio, Vilariño de Conso, A Gudiña, A Mezquita and Viana do Bolo. The plant is expected to employ between eight and ten people in the area.

The facility will carry out the entire process of composting the waste received (pre-treatment, fermentation, maturation and storage) as well as the associated air and water treatment processes. The treatment will be carried out in enclosed buildings, and the latest processing, odour and noise control technologies will be implemented. Operations at the facility will be powered by renewable energy (mainly solar panels).

OVER 30 MILLION EUROS IN THE COMING YEAR

The Regional Minister pointed out that her department’s budget for 2021 included an allocation of €31.4 million to continue creating a modern, efficient waste management model that will place Galicia at the forefront of Europe in this area.

Of this overall allocation, €5 million will go towards converting the five micro-transfer plants currently operated by Sogama – located in Ponteceso, Curtis, Riotorto, A Lama and A Cañiza – into more efficient facilities with greater capacity, increased recycling rates and lower CO2 emissions. Another €25 million will be devoted to the promotion of composting in the region through the three new biowaste plants planned for the provinces of Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra.

The Regional Minister believes that these investments will enable Galicia to continue optimising and consolidating the efficiency of its current selective waste collection management model, in compliance with European guidelines, whilst creating new green jobs in different professional sectors.

Finally, she pointed out that the three plants included in the project, along with Sogama’s Cerceda plant and current and future public and private industrial composting plants, will provide Galicia with a network of facilities to serve the entire Autonomous Community.

Source: Galician Regional Ministry of the Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing, and Sogama