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  • Infrastructures

New, more sustainable material to create road surfaces

New waste- and byproduct-based components are being studied in Ecaryse project, which are more sustainable for the environment and more economically efficient. 

In the road-paving process, it is essential to stabilize any terrain that is unsuitable for use in the asphalt package. Typically lime is used as a stabilizing agent, but lime is costly and the calcination process can create significant CO2 emissions.  


Therefore, new waste- and byproduct-based components are being studied, which are more sustainable for the environment and more economically efficient. 


From this emerges the Ecaryse project. We are testing a series of nanopolymers, made from nanosilica, on a pilot section in Villacarrillo (Jaén). These products are designed for commercial use.


“At the Universidad de Córdoba, the project partner, these products are tested in the lab to create different working formulas; Sacyr then approves the use of these products and working formulas, designing and executing a series of test sections to assess their efficacy, in other countries as well,” explains Francisco Javier Mateos, Project Manager in the Innovation and Knowledge area of Sacyr’s Construction’s R+D department. 

 

 

Use of local materials


“Under the asphalt layer, there are soil packets with material that has been compacted, and any unsuitable terrain is treated with a stabilizing agent. Polymers are actually chemical products that are added to the soil to stabilize it, replacing lime,” says Mateos. “There are areas in the world where access to lime is difficult, like Colombia and Chile, where polymers are already in use,” he adds. 


“We want to understand the properties, determine if they truly stabilize the soil, and assess their economic viability. Certain polymers have worked, giving the terrain characteristics similar to lime,” Mateos explains.


Normally, local materials are used to avoid importing them from elsewhere, thus reducing costs and transport-related emissions. Through excavation and earthworks, the materials are extracted and used.   


“In these processes, we reuse materials to which we add the additive. The product is diluted in water, mixed into the soil, dispersed, and compacted. It provides good support capacity, swells less with water, and insulates from moisture,” adds Narciso Pulido, Head of Sacyr’s Construction’s R+D department.
 

  • Sustainability
  • Building
  • Polymers
  • Roads

Markets

Colombia

With a total investment of close to 3 billion dollars, we have consolidated our status as one of the leading companies in the country’s infrastructures and P3 sector.

We are improving quality of life for the people of Colombia

We entered the Colombian market for the first time in 1997. In 2012, we consolidated our position by embarking on our first projects. We currently have more than ten projects throughout the country and are always alert to new business opportunities.

Our presence in Colombia has generated more than 13,000 jobs in our areas of influence, offering our employees the chance to improve their skills and grow professionally. 

In figures

+520

KILOMETERS

Of road projects

+13,000

JOBS

Direct and indirect

3,000

MILLION DOLLARS

Of direct investment

+20

YEARS

Our history in Colombia

We lead the infrastructures sector in Colombia

Sacyr set up as a Colombian company originating in Spain, with an investment of close to 3 billion dollars. For more than 20 years, we have been firmly committed to developing the country’s infrastructure, working on over ten P3 and engineering initiatives and providing services in nine departments.

We have always prioritized the recruitment of local talent in the execution of more than 500 kilometers of roads and civil engineering works, which have improved connectivity and economic development throughout Colombia.
 

‘Adriana, an example of personal and professional development for women at Sacyr’

Become acquainted with Adriana Rivera, the first female Operation and Maintenance General Manager at the Montes de María Road Concessionaire in Colombia.

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Sacyr’s first employee in Colombia

Edgar Augusto Mendoza Chapeta is the current director of Operations and Maintenance at Unión Vial Río Pamplonita.

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  • Careers

Get to know the ‘youngest’ Sacyr team in Chile.

We introduce a new Sacyr team: Sacyr Concesiones Agua’s Technical Management team in Chile, a recently created group that has found balance between effort and commitment with great team spirit.

  • Water
  • Chile

Sacyr Concesiones Agua’s Technical Management team in Chile was born in mid-2020. Since then, they have been in charge of planning, investment and engineering at Sacyr Concesiones Agua in Chile, overseeing continuity and quality of service, compliance with quality and sustainability standards and maintenance of the company’s telemetry and remote-control operating systems. These are tasks that they have performed with great enthusiasm since day one and continue to do so.

Additionally, their work is crucial to preserve one of Chile’s most important wetlands, Batuco Wetlands, located in the Metropolitan Region and close to Sacyr Concesiones Agua’s La Cadellada wastewater treatment plant. Sacyr Concesiones Agua in Chile manages water collection services, distribution of drinking water and wastewater collection and purification in the Metropolitan Region since mid-2020.

  • Water
  • Chile
Featured projects
  • Careers

‘Adriana, an example of personal and professional development for women at Sacyr’

Become acquainted with Adriana Rivera, the first female Operation and Maintenance General Manager at the Montes de María Road Concessionaire in Colombia.

Adriana Rivera

  • Women
  • Diversification
  • Colombia

Adriana began her career at Sacyr in 2015. At the company, she has grown both as a professional and as a woman. Since she arrived at Sacyr, she has developed her skills as a leader thanks to the leadership and empowerment training courses that the Concessions area has provided her.

As a woman, she has grown in the family space. She had her first child with the backing of her team. In the workplace, she has also achieved many milestones, as she has reached a position traditionally reserved for men. Her co-workers and supervisors define her as 'a great role model and a great person' from whom they have learned many things.

At Sacyr, we are committed to diversity and the inclusion of women within our organization. Thus, we promote our female employees' personal and professional development and endorse a stronger female presence in leadership and executive positions. We want women to have a great impact on decision-making.

  • Women
  • Diversification
  • Colombia
Featured projects
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  • Careers

Anabelén, a story of growth and achievement

She accepted the challenge to work as a CAD drafter on this project, and she has now moved onwards and upwards as head of Quality and Environment.

  • Road maintenance
  • Life stories
  • Perú

At Sacyr, we are the people who work in the company, and Anabelén is an example of what and who we are. Her career journey and our own tell a story of growth and achievement. She accepted the challenge to work as a CAD drafter for the Sierra Norte Road Concession project and she is now head of Quality and Environment for that same project.  

With her talent, dedication, knowledge, experience and drive to do things right and well, we can move forwards with our ambition to continue building a better place for the people of Peru. 

  • Road maintenance
  • Life stories
  • Perú
Featured projects

Concessions

New #ChallengeMet in Colombia!

09 Mar 2021

  • Transport infrastructures

Américo Vespucio Oriente highway: improving mobility in Santiago de Chile

This project reduces atmospheric and noise pollution in very congested areas of the capital.

Autopista Américo Vespucio

  • Sustainable movility
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Chile

Sacyr Concessions

13/10/2020

The new Autopista Américo Vespucio Oriente I (AVO I) highway project, which we are working on as part of a P3 and a building consortium, is approximately 9 kilometers long. This mega structure crosses through six ‘comuna’ districts in Santiago de Chile and is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the whole of Latin America.

This project will provide a solution to increasing volumes of traffic and the poor north-south road connections, and will ease traffic in a highly congested area of the city. It will also reduce journey times, atmospheric and noise pollution, and fuel consumption, by moving most of the traffic that currently circulates underground. 

Infrastructures that improve the lives of people 

The AVO I Project also includes the redesign of Vespucio Park, preserving and respecting the character of the current park, creating separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians, and improving the design components, woodland areas, equipment, and infrastructure.

  • Sustainable movility
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Chile
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Improving mobility in Florida and Texas

We are developing roads in two of the fastest-growing States in the country.
Carretera Florida y Texas

Carretera Florida y Texas

  • Sacyr Ingeniería
  • USA

Sacyr Infrastructures

13/08/2020

We are carrying out six road infrastructure projects, five in Florida and one in Texas, alleviating traffic in some of their most congested zones. 
In Florida, we are widening the SR82 highway and remodeling a section of the I75 highway in the west of the State. We are rebuilding, remodeling and widening more than 12 km of road at the intersection of the I75 and SR70. 

We are designing and building three new roads in Miami-Dade county, south of Miami. We are also widening and improving two existing roads, including a new boulevard on Franjo Road.

In Jacksonville, we are building the First Coast Expressway, a new section of the SR-23, which includes 26 bridges. The longest, 300 meters long, will reach over the Black Creek river. 

In Texas, we are working on behalf of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to rebuild and widen a 11.5 km section of the interstate highway IH35E.

For this same client, we are also building a 13.2 km branch of the US59 highway, in the town in Diboll, Texas.

  • Sacyr Ingeniería
  • USA
  • IFridays

2050 targets: innovation for tomorrow’s power

From grey to green. From carbon to hydrogen. From Paris to the rest of the world. Renewable gases such as biomethane or green hydrogen will be the main characters in the following years. Clean energies that find in innovation the perfect ally to reach a common goal: to be carbon neutral by 2050.

In our March iFriday edition, we discussed innovation, energy, and sustainability. We had a chat with Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enegás, one of the leading companies in natural gas infrastructures globally.  


Redefining the future of the power sector

 

The necessity to combat global warming is accelerating the transition to renewable energies. Great corporations and public institutions are bringing attention to the development of innovative projects that must, bit by bit, transform our energy model.  

Undoubtedly, the power sector, responsible for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions, will play a fundamental role in the fight against climate change in the following years.

“We are replacing some equipment and gas consumption with renewable, electric power. We are amid a decarbonization process in which we have committed ourselves to be carbon neutral by 2040. We have come from emitting half a million tonnes of CO2 in 2014 to under 200,000 this year. Furthermore, we will reduce these remains with new technologies from 2030 onwards. We apply innovation in this process, and we seek to invest in companies that pursue reducing the carbon footprint with new technologies”, points out Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás.

 

 

In this more environmentally conscious future, green hydrogen will be a crucial alternative to energetic revolution towards a more sustainable model. Green hydrogen is an almost unlimited resource, with a high ability to be stored, and is likely to be the solution to most of the problems of the present power sources.

According to Enagás’ executive, “Hydrogen will become key. These days there is a lot of talk about green hydrogen, which comes from renewable energies, and blue hydrogen, created from natural gas, by storing the CO2 byproduct resulting from the hydrogen production process. I believe both will make their way in the coming years”. 

 

Innovation and sustainability, an indispensable binomial

 

Innovation and sustainability are closely related concepts. More and more great companies every day implement innovative projects, initiatives, and solutions in their roadmap with the goal in mind to improve and protect the environment and advance towards a more sustainable world. 
 
Enagás is placing a big bet on sustainability, contributing with its actions, projects, policies, and commitment to achieving the SDG. In this sense, the company has reduced its emissions by 63.2% between 2014 and 2020. Additionally, the company has more than 50 distinct projects for the improvement of energy efficiency.

Innovation has played a fundamental role in the group’s strategy to reach these goals and position itself as a global role model in sustainability. Like Sacyr, for years, Enagas has backed an open innovation model based on collaboration with external innovation agents and intrapreneurship.

“We seek to diversify ourselves and new activities, and to this end, innovation has been crucial. Entrepreneurship has been the lever that has allowed us to innovate in our processes. Now we combine our internal expertise with external talent, with those companies that can work with our employees and present new projects”, points out Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás.

 


Energy transition, a priority for the ‘Next Generation’ funds

 

The energy transition is one of the integral pillars set by Europe in the Next Generation funds, the European incentive program to boost the development of the countries most affected by the pandemic. Experts point out that Spain will receive around 150,000 million euros from these funds as loans and grants.

Undoubtedly, a historic event for sector-leading companies, like Enagás. "It is a great opportunity, as long as we use it to remodel the economic fabric, to create stable employment, to industrialize the country, and to transform and reduce emissions", concludes Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás.

  • Innovation
  • Green
  • Hydrogen
  • Renewable energy

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