This Monday begins the dismantling of the Cepsa refinery in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which came into operation in 1930. After the authorization of the works at the end of last January, the first phase of action includes the decontamination of the soil and the dismantling of the non-operational units. The next one will focus on the environment where the crude oil storage tanks are located.
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The Third Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, will attend the event. Different authorities will also be present there, such as the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, the Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, the President of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, and the CEO of Cepsa, Maarten Wetselaar .
The start-up of a new storage park in the Port of Granadilla, for which Cepsa already has an administrative concession and which is expected to become a reality in 2025, together with greater use of other facilities that Cepsa already has company on the island, will allow the start of the works of the second phase, which will entail the uninstallation of the remaining refinery equipment.
The dismantling of the Cepsa refinery in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is part of the agreement between the city council and Cepsa called ‘Holy Cross Green 2030‘, through which the urban regeneration of a space that occupies about 500,000 square meters will begin.
The CEO of Cepsa, Maarten Wetselaar, highlighted at the end of last January that the company “has made an enormous contribution to the social and economic development of the Canary Islands for more than 90 years”, he stated his “clear desire to continue with this commitment in the future” and asserted that the agreement with the City Council is a “great example” of that ambition.
Despite the dismantling of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife refinery, whose work will be fully funded by the energy company, Cepsa still has two other facilities of this type on the Iberian Peninsula: one in Huelva and the other in Gibraltar-San Roque.
The energy company’s roadmap foresees an investment of between 7,000 and 8,000 million euros until 2030, of which 60% will be allocated to sustainable businesses from 2023. In addition, within this strategy, it will transform its refineries into Energy Parks, which is confident that they will become the gateway to Europe for the export of green hydrogen, a technology in which it aspires to become a leader in Spain and Portugal.