Veolia acquires specialized incineration facility for hazardous waste in Spain

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Hazardous waste incineration facility (Foto: Veolia Group)

Paris, France — Veolia, through its specialized subsidiary SARP Industries, has just acquired the only incinerator that treats hazardous waste in Spain, located in Constanti, Catalonia. This facility, one of the most efficient in Europe, has been added to the Group’s European Platform for the treatment of hazardous waste, which already had 64 sites in nine countries. With this additional facility, Veolia has extended its portfolio and its geographic footprint for the treatment of hazardous waste, and further cemented its position as the European leader in this field.

Located in the heart of the Tarragona petrochemicals complex, the Constanti facility benefits from Catalonia’s dynamic industrial sector. In particular, this region concentrates 40 percent of Spain’s chemicals and pharmaceuticals business, and 30 percent of its automobile production, which together generate a high volume of liquid, solid and sludge hazardous waste from their industrial processes.

To serve industry, Veolia has created and rolled out a European Platform for the treatment of Hazardous Waste. Now with 65 sites in Europe – France, England, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Spain – Veolia treats and recovers 2.9 million metric tons of hazardous waste a year. A pioneer in hazardous waste treatment for 40 years, Veolia has anticipated the new challenges facing its customers and adapted to the European industrial environment. The Group has adopted a Europe-wide approach by significantly specializing its facilities, which complement each other and work together on a daily basis across the entire Continent.

In particular, this specialization meets the requirements of Europe’s major industrial sectors, such as, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automobile and energy for which treating hazardous waste and securing the supply of recycled materials are crucial. This strategy provides industrial concerns with a major advantage and makes it possible to meet specific needs while at the same time renewing conventional economic models. With an annual treatment capacity of 60,000 metric tons, the integration of this facility will raise the annual capacity of the Group’s European Platform to 1,100,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, thereby further cementing its lead position.

“With this acquisition and the integration of the Constanti facility into our European Platform for Hazardous Waste, Veolia has extended the provision of its services to industrial concerns in southern Europe, a region with a shortage of dedicated facilities,” explains Jean-François Nogrette, President of SARP Industries, Veolia’s specialized subsidiary and the historic stakeholder in the management of hazardous waste. “Hazardous waste treatment is a market with high growth potential. Our Group, with its innovative processes producing high quality raw materials, has access to unique technology, expertise and an organization that will underpin its growth in the treatment of difficult-to-treat pollution.”

Source: Veolia Group