Ametller Origen will promote the construction of an agro-park in the Peneds that will bring together agricultural activity and food transformation and that will involve an investment of 180 million euros and 1,000 direct jobs (3,100 if indirect and induced).
The intention of the agri-food and fresh product distribution company is to start the works in 2023 and finish in 2026, and to count on other allied companies to undertake the investment.
At the moment, it already has Agbar and Carburos Metlicos as partners in a complex that will be energy self-sufficient, that will sell green energy to the grid and that will avoid more carbon dioxide emissions than it needs to produce.
Ametller Origen estimates that the project, of 258 hectares between Gelida and Sant Lloren d’Hortons (Barcelona), will generate an economic impact of 433 million euros. Include the company’s headquarters, greenhouses, fields, food processing facilities and a logistics center, as well as 12 hectares of photovoltaic panels.
In addition to solar energy (13MW), the plot will generate 10.2MW from biomass and biogs, and avoid the emission of 1,400 tons of CO2 per year; also use geothermal energy.
Agbar will collaborate with the design and installation of irrigation systems and the maintenance of hydraulic systems with the aim of reusing water 100%, while Carburos Metlicos transform organic waste into biofuel in a first phase for the transport fleet. from Ametller Origen and, in a second phase, in green hydrogen for the same purpose.
It is also planned that the Agroparc Peneds, presented this Wednesday at the headquarters of Work Promotion, host a training and research center, the Institute of Technified Agriculture iAGRITECH, with agreements with local and international universities, to train the agricultural technicians of the future and promote sustainability in the agricultural sector, with the saving of water, the reduction of the carbon footprint, the protection of biodiversity and the increase in agricultural production with fruit and vegetables rich in micronutrients and with more flavor.