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HUNOSA celebrates Saint Bárbara making a public acknowledgement of 75 miners who have been working 25 years in the coal mining industry

HUNOSA celebrates Saint Bárbara making a public acknowledgement of 75 miners who have been working 25 years in the coal mining industry

04/12/2015 - Oviedo
Press release HUNOSA

HUNOSA celebrated its traditional ceremony in honor of Saint Bárbara, the mining patron saint, with the award of the prizes for seniority in the company. The ceremony took place at the auditorium at the Mieres university campus, where the work of the 75 miners which have been employed in the industry for the last 25 years was publicly acknowledged.

In her speech, HUNOSA’s Chairwoman, Ms. María Teresa Mallada de Castro, pointed out that she thinks that the Company has set up the basis for seeking its stability beyond 2018, the year in which will end the current regime for the coal mining industry in Europe. Ms. Mallada made a balance and defended some of the achievements made during her mandate, recalling that on December 20th a general election will be held, and that the senior managers’ positions in state-owned enterprises are linked to the electoral results. She made a review of the Company’s record since she took over its management up to this day.

Activity diversification: biomass and biogás

The Chairwoman said that she felt “moderately satisfied” with the achievements of the Company Plan and with the coal mining company’s diversification projects. Among the diversification plans she highlighted the exploitation of its huge assets, stressing the case of the biomass.

The Company’s highest ranking officer recalled that the regional Government is already processing the plans for the use of public and private lands in the mountains and “that we are carrying out tree cutting works in our woods”. At the same time, she continued, a project has been started for establishing a wood drying shed and one chipping plant “which next week will be submitted to the Siero town council for starting the works”.

Within this wood business area, the Chairwoman pointed out that work is taking place along two lines. On the one hand, the incorporation of an energy services company focused on installing biomass boilers as well as on supplying the fuel; and on the other, the processing of the licenses for one electricity generating plant from biomass.

With regard to this energy services business line, Ms. Mallada stated that, from the basis of the contacts made with our first biomass customers “biogas is emerging”. Actually, HUNOSA is already developing two plants in the region for turning into energy the waste from one stockbreeding estate and from the food industry.

As for the future of mining, Ms. Mallada pointed out that the Company is working on making ready for their exploit opencast mines. The Chairwoman recognized that this decision might be polemic, and she stressed that such a step will only be taken whether there is the required political and trade union consensus.

However, Ms. Mallada pointed out that in Europe there is not a single coal mining company which might have a chance of survival without state aid and without opencast mining. “The competitive coal mines in Europe are opencast mines”, she stressed. The Chairwoman also stressed that HUNOSA renewed the contract with the electricity company EDP as a result of which the coal mining company has sold to this company all its production for the next years.

HUNOSA and Grupo SEPI

HUNOSA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a final workforce of around 73,000 professionals in 2014; the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further ten companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.

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