The decision of the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, to expropriate 51% of YPF to the Spanish company Repsol and the reply of the Government of Spain to restrict imports of biodiesel from Argentina can leave significant benefits in Leon, where the veto to biodiesel may involve the recovery of projects that exceed one hundred million.
Despite its strong breakout and the expectations it rose, the biodiesel industry has not taken off in the province that came to bring to the table more than a dozen factories that were believed at first, to not only generate wealth but also to create jobs and settle population in the rural area. Several projects emerged in all the area, under the Coal Funds. Such initiatives in virtually all cases, except for Toreno, faltered along the way. However, the biodiesel boom in the province, which after the veto to the Argentine biodiesel has a second chance, has also left its footprint in Villarejo de Órbigo with the Center for Research on Biofuels and Bioproducts, driven forward by the Junta of Castile and León through the Institute of Agrarian Technology of Castile and Leon after investing 9 million. This center, inaugurated in 2008, was meant as a R & D site, whose research results are applied in the development of projects related to second generation biofuels.
Matías Llorente, secretary of Ugal-UPA, said that limiting Argentine biodiesel imports is an opportunity for the Leon agricultural fields, where they have previously tried to promote projects of the so-called “green gold” but “ have not been able to develop them due to changes of government”, adding that “any aid is granted by decree” “and aimlessly. Llorente criticized that time ago, subsidies to farmers were eliminated, to benefit the duties to imported biodiesel. He definitively defines the veto as a “great news for Leon” since it can revive the pending projects related to oilseeds (sunflower and rapeseed) that are currently being sold to France, but that might lead to eleborate biodiesel inhouse, if the factories existed.