This international tender for projects seeks to attract economic activity and employment to the area and promote the implementation in the El Bierzo region of companies that will enable the consequences of the shutdown on thermal generation activity to be mitigated. After analysing the proposals submitted, the Assessment Committee governing the contest for initiatives gave its support to seven projects of the eight that had been submitted as binding proposals.
These initiatives will generate 160 jobs, with an investment exceeding €260 million, and are clearly geared towards the circular economy.
The new companies coming to the area feature a wind blade recycling plant, in a partnership between Endesa, Prezero, General Electric and its subsidiary LM Wind Power. This factory will cover a severe shortage that affects the entire Spanish wind sector, where there is a lack of facilities to process the thousands of sets equipment that will be removed in the immediate future. The plant will be able to recycle about 2,000 blades per year.
Cubillos will also be the location for a recycling plant for electric vehicle batteries, in which Endesa will participate with Urbaser through its subsidiary Sertego. It will be the first of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula and will require a complex logistics network. In both cases, construction of the installations is scheduled to begin in 2023.