Decision by Spanish court might put Ence's pulp mill Pontevedra in danger

Image courtesy of Ence
Image courtesy of Ence
21 Mar 2019 − 

In the very near future, the Spanish National Court of Justice has to decide whether the extension of Ence's Pontevedra mill concession to 2076 is lawful or not. In the worst case, the company's concession might end in 2033.

In 2016, Spanish pulp manufacturer Ence, Energía y Celulosa (Ence) received an extension from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Environment for the use of the land on which it operates its Pontevedra pulp mill in Galicia. According to this decision, Ence would be able to continue to operate the production facility until 2076.

This decision has since been questioned by the environmental organisation Greenpeace, among others, and could, in the worst case, be withdrawn, which means that 2033 would be the final year.

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