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Refinery “must relocate medium-term” 

 

The Cepsa oil refinery in Santa Cruz should almost certainly relocate in the medium-term, the city’s Mayor believes.

José Manuel Bermúdez recently held a meeting with the new chief executive officer of the company, Pedro Miró to discuss various issues.

There has been ongoing controversy about the siting of the refinery, the emissions produced and the effect on the environment and its future and jobs.

The Mayor called on Cepsa to strictly comply with the law on emissions and to continue business as normal to safeguard jobs. He stressed that any relocation decision could not be taken unilaterally by the council but considered that an industry of this kind could not intend to stay in such a central location like the heart of Santa Cruz due to environmental, safety and urban planning issues.

He felt talks should begin to find a viable alternative in the medium term so there could be a compromise between the needs of citizens and jobs. What had to be avoided was losing the refinery to the Canaries.