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Alt Empordà Solid Waste Plant Operational

30 December 2017 / by FCC Group (author) / Madrid
The Alt Empordà solid urban waste treatment plant. (photo: FCC Medio Ambiente)
The Alt Empordà solid urban waste treatment plant. / (photo: FCC Medio Ambiente)

An FCC Medio Ambiente-led joint venture (JV) has assumed operational responsibility for the Alt Empordà urban waste treatment plant at Girona, Catalonia, Spain.


The centre was inaugurated in July by the former Councillor for Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, Josep Rull, in the presence of the General Director of FCC Medio Ambiente, Jordi Payet.


The facility has satisfactorily passed its test and guarantee period, and will be operated for 15 years by the FCC Medio Ambiente venture (FCC Medio Ambiente is FCC Group's Spanish trading name), under the terms of a contract valued at €75 million. 


The €24 million installation which is owned by Alt Empordà District Council has been financed entirely by the Catalonian Waste Agency (Agencia de Residuos de Catalana ARC), an agency of the Department of Territory and Sustainability.


The plant has already begun processing some of the 70,000 tonnes of waste by volume that it will receive annually from the northern area of the Costa Brava.


The region has a stable population of 140,000, a figure which is greatly exceeded during the summer. It is expected that 10,000 tonnes annually will be the organic fraction collected selectively by the municipalities.


With the start-up of the waste treatment facility, the Alt Empordà District Council has started the process of the generalised implementation of the separate collection of the organic fraction in all the municipalities in the area.


FCC Group


FCC Group

FCC Group is a world leader in providing services to citizens. The environmental services division of the company has been active for over 100 years and has built its success on a commitment to innovation and helping cities to become smarter, more sustainable, and more socially conscious. It currently serves more than 59 million people in 13 countries with a network of more than 250 recycling and recovery facilities - and 10 existing waste to energy projects with a capacity of over 2.6 million tonnes and 300MW of power output. FCC’s backlog in environmental services was 11.152 billion euros at the end of 2016, with the business area also accounting for 52.6 per cent of FCC Group’s EBITDA. The company continues to grow internationally and started work on the construction of the Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre in Edinburgh and Midlothian in 2015; as well as officially opening an EfW plant in Buckinghamshire. At the end of 2016 FCC secured several municipal waste collection contracts in Barrow-in-Furness borough council, Cumbria (United Kingdom), and in the city of Prostějov in the Czech Republic. In 2017 it has already been awarded its fourth (in Garland) and fifth (in Mesquite) recycling contracts in the state of Texas in the United States, with the recyclable materials due to be processed at the newly opened Materials Recycling Facility in Dallas. Visit www.fcc.es to learn more.

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