EnergyLoop, a company promoted by FCC Ámbito and Iberdrola, has chosen the Cortes industrial estate, owned by Nasuvinsa (a public company in Navarra), "a strategic location due to its good communication and proximity to some of the first wind farms in Spain", according to José María Aierdi, Vice-president and Regional Minister for Territorial Planning, Housing, Landscape and Strategic Projects, after the meeting. For his part, Irujo stressed that "this project will contribute in a very positive way to position Navarra at the forefront with the integration of circularity in the technological and industrial development linked to the renewable sector. Offering a second life to products such as wind blades and electric car batteries is a business opportunity that Navarre wants to take advantage of", essential aspects -according to the Regional Executive- in the development of the Zirkular Economy project that is included in the pillars of the Smart Specialization Strategy of Navarre, S4.
The project led by the company Energyloop has been supported by the Government of Navarra (it has been working on it for two years through the public company Sodena, "because it is a strategic activity that positions the region at the forefront of the renewable energy sector and is aligned with the regional smart specialization strategy S4, and the Navarre circular strategy").
For its part, Energyloop has committed an investment -assures the Government of Navarre- of around 10 million euros and has advanced that it will generate 100 new jobs.
For the development and operation of this commitment, Energyloop has appointed Luis Sanz Jiménez as managing director of the company, who, according to the regional government, has experience "in the industrialization of recycling, industrial projects for the valorization of materials and their incorporation into the market". Sanz has advanced that "we will be in a position to start the works of the plant in the autumn of this year, which would allow it to start operating during 2024".
The meeting was attended, on behalf of the Government of Navarre, by the second vice-president and councilor for Territorial Planning, Housing, Landscape and Strategic Projects, José María Aierdi, and the councilor for Economic and Business Development, Mikel Irujo; a delegation from the company Energyloop, made up of Luis Sanz, managing director, María Jesús Kaifer Brasero, technical and development director FCC Ámbito, Álvaro Portellano, head of new ventures and Perseo-Iberdrola alliances, and Fernando García, logistics and business support for Siemens Gamesa; on behalf of Sodena, the investment manager, María Eugenia Lecumberri, and the project technician, Cristina Pascual; Alberto Bayona, managing director of Nasuvinsa, Jon Lizarraga, head of industrial sales, and Carmen Pérez, director of Nasuvinsa's purchasing and sales department; from the City Council of Cortes, Fernando Sierra, mayor, Jesús Litago and Rafaela Vicente, councilor of industry.[Photo].