Pedro Sánchez stresses the enormous "economic and social" impact the particle accelerator in Granada will have for Spain and Andalusia

President's News - 2023.10.7

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Science Park, Granada (Spain)

The acting President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has highlighted the opportunity for Spain and Andalusia of Granada hosting the IFMIF-DONES particle accelerator, due to the social and economic impact this facility, unique at international level and key to the development of clean energy, will have. The construction of IFMIF-DONES is one of the key pillars of the European Roadmap to obtain electricity from fusion energy.

The acting Chief Executive, accompanied by the acting Minister for Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, and the Government Delegate in Andalusia, Pedro Fernández Peñalver, visited the IFMIF-DONES exhibition this Saturday at the Science Park in Granada, where he stressed that the development of this project will increase production by more than €6 billion and generate 54,000 jobs a year in Spain, of which more than €4 billion and 35,600 jobs will benefit Andalusia alone and more than €1.9 billion and 11,700 jobs in Granada.

The Granada particle accelerator will mobilise €700 million for its construction and another €50 million for its start-up, with an operating cost of €50 million per year during its lifetime. Spain will finance 50% of the construction cost and 10% of the operating costs.

The Central Government is taking part in the financing and, together with the Junta de Andalucía, forms part of the IFMIF-DONES Spain Consortium, which aims to contribute to the European Fusion Programme, a safe, sustainable and highly productive energy source.

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