First Cepsa wind farm opens in Jerez (Spain)

    • The facility produces enough energy to power 20,000 homes for a year, reducing CO2 emissions by 32,000 tons per year
    • In line with its 2030 strategy, the company is further diversifying its portfolio with an investment of €35 million
    • Andalusia continues to be a Cepsa's region of choice, where it plans to invest more than €2.5 million between 2018 and 2023

Cepsa, a global energy company, today opened its first wind farm in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain). The project is part of Cepsa's 2030 strategy, in which it has established as one of the company's objectives the diversification of its activities.

Cepsa's first foray into the wind energy sector was made possible by a total investment of €35.7million. The new Alijar II wind farm has 11 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 28.8 MW and an estimated production of 72 GWh. 

Its estimated production is enough to power 20,000 homes for a year, cutting CO2 emissions by 32,000 tons per year. Through this project, the energy company contributes to one of the Sustainable Development Goals identified as priorities by the company, SDG No. 7, focused on ensuring access to affordable and sustainable energy. 

70 professionals worked on the project throughout the entire construction of the wind farm, with peaks of up to 150 professionals being involved at times. Furthermore, there was not a single accident during the whole year of construction work.

Philippe Boisseau, Cepsa’s CEO, said at the inauguration: "At Cepsa we are embracing an energy model based on diversification. With the experience we have gained in Jerez, we will be able to develop more renewable projects. Our focus in this sector is on Spain and Portugal, and Andalusia offers, without doubt, optimal conditions for its development. The renewable energies sector provides sustained profitability and growth, and is one in which we want to expand our presence."

The inauguration was led by Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, President of the Regional Government of Andalusia, who noted: “xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”. 

Cepsa, which has almost 30 years of experience in power generation, supplies 100% renewable energy, both for the consumption at its own facilities (industrial assets, directly managed service station network, company offices, etc.) as well as for other industrial customers, SMEs and residential consumers (through Cepsa Hogar). Furthermore, Cepsa is looking at developing a capacity of between 500 and 600 MW from wind and solar photovoltaic energy projects over the coming years.

Cepsa in Andalusia

Andalusia continues to be a Cepsa's region of choice, and it has operated there for more than 50 years. The company currently provides more than 3,000 direct jobs, more than 4,700 indirect jobs and around 6,000 induced or temporary jobs. It is a leader in terms of production and revenue, generating 9% of Andalusia's GDP. 

The wind farm is just one of Cepsa's many activities in Andalusia. Others include: two refineries, two chemical plants, six cogeneration plants, a combined cycle plant, a biofuel plant, two LPG bottling plants and more than 280 service stations. The company also supplies marine fuels to ten ports in the region.

Commitment to biodiversity

Cepsa has been conscious of all aspects of the construction of this wind farm, including its environmental impact. For example, the company took special care to respect breeding birds in the area; it halted construction work during the Montagu's harrier breeding season (a bird that nests on the Iberian peninsula in the spring months). 

In this regard, Fundación Cepsa launched two initiatives related to local fauna, the first of which is a project to preserve and restore the Montagu's harrier population within the area occupied by the wind farm. The second initiative is a study on Iberian bats in the region, which are extremely ecologically important. The study will use innovative techniques to take a census of the bats and monitor their usual routes.

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