The HIF Global project is far from being approved, clarified the Municipality of Paysandú

The HIF Global project is far from being approved, clarified the Municipality of Paysandú

The construction of the plant HIF Global in Paysandu is far from being approved by the Municipality because it must comply with the requirements established by the Ministry of Environment and that it has not yet been achieved, although the department assured that they are working towards it.

The construction of the plant green hydrogen in Paysandu It is an agreement that represents the largest investment in the history of the Uruguay, for nearly 6,000 million dollars and estimates the production of 180,000 tons per year of e-gasoline and will generate peaks of up to 3,200 jobs.

“All corresponding procedures must be complied with before the Ministry of Environment, that is to say, approve several instances as established by the norm, law 18,308,” said the general secretary of the Municipality of Paysandu, Fermin Farinha, to The Telegraph. “We are far from the Municipality having approved the project of HIF Global, although we are working in an agile manner, complying with everything established by the regulations, which includes other organizations as well,” he added.

The leader recognized that it is a great investment for the Uruguay and added that all parties are involved in complying with the obligations imposed by law. “This is a huge investment and that makes all the parties involved, including the company itself HIF Global, Be extremely careful when complying with everything established,” he stressed.

The steps to follow

For the construction of the plant to be approved, it is necessary to modify the Territorial Planthat is, the construction and operation of a chemical plant of eFuels for the production of methanol (CH3OH) and synthetic gasoline (eGasoline).

In that sense, Farinha assured that there is a lot of work to be done in modifying the plan to be able to start building the plant as soon as possible. “There is still some time of work ahead, in the process of modifying the Paysandú Plan through the Complementary Integrated Action Program, novel, because it is recently applied. A territorial planning instrument, a demonstration and a public hearing must be established,” explained the leader.

Meanwhile, he commented that they have already begun with the steps to follow to move forward. “We have sent a letter to both the National Directorate of Territorial Planning like to the National Directorate of Quality and Environmental Assessmentwhere the Mayor commonYoAC the beginning of the process, based on the request from GIF Global to process the feasibility of installation in those two registers,” he said.

The installation of the plant would occupy a total of 440 hectares where the city of Paysandú would be located about 14 kilometers away. However, it would be close to the Uruguay River and the Queguay Grande Island, an area where there is a presence of riparian forest, elements that are environmentally relevant in an area considered natural rural.

On the other hand, another productive rural area is also identified near the plant, as well as artisanal fishing activities, both productive and for private consumption. Another of the activities that this place has is ecotourism through the Rincón de San Francisco tourist stay.

Millionaire investment

The almost 4,000 million dollars that will be invested HIF Global for construction in Paysandu exceed the largest investment to date, which had been the new UPM Paso de los Toros plant, which included a total of 3.47 billion dollars. Now, the Finnish company was left behind its Chilean counterpart.

The project in Paysandú will require about 1,985 million dollars in carbon dioxide capture, methanol production and synthetic gasoline completion. Others must add to that 2 billion dollars for the installation of wind turbine parks, photovoltaic farms and transmission lines within a radius of up to 180 kilometers from the city. Finally, the company committed an investment of 1.2 million dollars in research, development and innovation initiatives.

Grupo Ancap also reported that it is expected that more than 3,200 workers be involved in construction, which will begin next year and will last around three months. Once completed, it is estimated that the plant will employ 300 full-time people and permanently for the operation.

Source: Ambito

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