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HIF Global submitted missing documentation

HIF Global submitted missing documentation
HIF Global submitted missing documentation

The construction of the plant HIF Global in Paysandu It is getting closer and closer since the company managed to present part of the pending documentation requested by the mayor in order to approve the beginning of the work.

A month ago, the department assured that the authorization of the plant was far from being approved since it had to comply with all the corresponding procedures before the Ministry of Environment, agreed in law 18,308 (article 21 bis) of Territorial Planning and Sustainable Development.

“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,” said the secretary general of the Municipality of Paysandu, Fermin Farinha, at the end of May.

From this, the company expedited the necessary documentation and presented the Complementary Integrated Action Program (PAIC) and with it, three reports: the Information Report, Planning and the Strategic Environmental Report, necessary to be able to move forward with the approval of the start of work.

The endorsement of OSE

On the other hand, the endorsement of the National Administration of State Sanitary Works (OSE) where they were placed they studied the components of the plant, the ecosystems relevant, and studies were carried out landscape, of transit and floodability.

Meanwhile, the document ensures that the location of the plant is favorable due to its proximity to some productive areas. “The choice of location for the project lies in its proximity to the industrial sector of Paysandu, where refinery activities are carried out. Its location is justified by virtue of its proximity to the alcohol plant. Uruguay ALUR and the railway terminal, both located 5 kilometers from the industrial sector where the project is located,” the report states.

Environmental factors to take into account

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.

A million dollar investment

The almost 4,000 million dollars that will be invested HIF Global for construction in Paysandú exceed the largest investment to date, which had been the new UPM Paso de los Toros plant, which contemplated 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 finishing. To this must be added other 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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