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Befesa Inaugurates Deba Industrial Waste Transfer Center (Guipuzcoa)

November 29, 2007

Guipuzcoa, November 29, 2007. – Today, the Basque Government’s councilor for the Environment and Territorial Planning, Ms. Esther Larrañaga Galdos, has inaugurate , in the company of the vicemayor of Deba, Xavier Ciarán, and the president of Befesa, Javier Molina, the Waste Transfer Center of Deba (Guipuzcua).

Befesa is an international company specialized in integral industrial waste management and water production. In 2006, Befesa managed more than 2,525,000 tons of waste and produced new materials by recycling more than 1,297,132 tons. The company’s waste management policy is based on the following waste hierarchy: minimize, reuse, recycle and valorize. In the water business, has the capacity to desalinate 1.1 million cubic metres of water per day, equivalent to supplying 4.8 million people.

The main activity to be carried out at Deba transfer center, is hazardous waste management. These wastes are received at the facilities where they are then classified, conditioned and stored provisionally until they are either shipped to an end manager in the Basque Region or to other Befesa centers in other autonomous regions.

Befesa is solidly implanted in Basque Country: has one aluminum waste recycling plant, tree steel and galvanization waste recycling plants, one sulfuric acid and oleum producing plant, and also one industrial clearing delegation. These activities have an overall workforce of more than 350, with a billing of 238 million euros. Last year, was awarded to construct the Ugarte-Kareaga sewer and the set of interceptors required to collect waste water in the region.

According to the president of Befesa, Javier Molina, "with this center we expand our presence in the Basque Region where we have, for some time now, been conducting aluminum and zinc recycling activities. In addition, we also consolidate our position in the industrial waste recycling sector in Europe."

Befesa, Abengoa’s environmental services subsidiary, focuses on providing environmental services for industry and the construction of environmental infrastructures. It is a listed company and closed the 2006 financial year with market capitalization of more than 813 million euro. (

Communications Department Befesa/Abengoa:
Patricia Malo de Molina
Telephone: 95 497 71 11

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