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Palmas Altas Technology Centre becomes member of the new Sustainable Business Centre Network

November 28, 2008

Paris, 28 November 2008. The Palmas Altas Technology Centre (PATC), the future headquarters of Abengoa in Seville, has become part of the new Sustainable Business Centre Network, a new organisation that was launched today in Paris and supported by the La Défense business district. The network was established with the aim of promoting and encouraging efficient policies in business centres regarding the application of the principles of sustainable development, energy efficiency and the fight against climate change in their construction.

The principles of the organisation were endorsed at the start of February by more than 400 delegates from 20 cities who participated in the first Business Districts for Sustainable Development global summit, which was attended by Abengoa.

Abengoa was represented by Miguel Ángel Jiménez-Velasco, the company’s general secretary, who presented the Palmas Altas Technology Centre to the other participants. His presentation highlighted the fact that the PATC will require an investment of more than €100 million and that Abengoa commissioned the prestigious British architect and 2007 Pritzker Prize winner, Richard Rogers; the Spanish firm Vidal y Asociados Arquitectos; and Ingeniería Arup, for such an innovative project.

According to Miguel Ángel Jiménez-Velasco, Abengoa’s future headquarters “accurately reflects the company’s commitment to sustainable construction and reduced energy consumption, since the project will use the latest generation environmental technologies such as photovoltaic panels, a tri-generation plant, hydrogen cells, and efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, which will contribute to minimising energy consumption”.

“Abengoa wants to contribute to the progressive reduction of CO2 emissions”, and it will therefore also incorporate, “research and development activities in the most important sectors, such as the environment, ecological fuels, solar energy, the hydrogen vector, information society and new water engineering technologies”, said the general secretary.

Abengoa’s new headquarters will be the largest private-initiative technology business centre in southern Spain – an initiative that has been jointly promoted with the Seville city council. The PATC will be the development engine for the southern part of the city and will be a focal point for companies that collaborate or have synergies with Abengoa as well as institutions, university organisations and training centres, and public entities operating in the field of technology research and development.

Once completed, the PATC will have a capacity for more than 2,000 Abengoa work stations (half of the workforce will hold university degrees) with a further 1,000–1,200 spaces available for other companies or institutions.

Abengoa is a technology company that applies innovative solutions to sustainable development in the infrastructures, environment and energy sectors. It is a public listed company with a market capitalisation of €988 million (24/11/2008) and its five business groups are active in more than seventy countries: Solar Power, Bioenergy, Environmental Services, Information Technology, and Industrial Engineering and Construction. ( ).

For more information:

Patricia Malo de Molina
Telephone: 630-05-08-24

Sebastián García
Telephone: 619-07-42-47

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