Amazon will invest $ 100 million in its logistics center in El Prat
The Minister of Enterprise & employment, Felip Puig, advanced Tuesday that Amazon will invest around 100 million euros in its logistics center in El Prat de Llobregat, including the cost of land and investment in the construction of ships, technology and internal facilities.
The minister said on Catalunya Radio, plans e-commerce giant, which on Monday was awarded a plot of 150,000 square meters owned by the Catalan Land Institute in El Prat, near the port and airport of Barcelona, which provides lift its large logistics center of reference in southern Europe.
Although the Amazon multinational has prevented advance their plans for the land of El Prat, for which he paid 30 million euros, Puig explained the great figures of the project and added that the logistics center should be in place “after summer 2017 “. The minister also said he expects the final agreement for the sale of the plot to close within a month, and that the works, that will last “a year and a half,” starting soon.
Amazon’s offer is subject to conditions, including approval of planning and construction licenses and corresponding arrival of the metro line 9 to the area, but the minister was assumed that these conditions will be met and considered the investment is “safe” but appealed in any case keep “some understanding”. the introduction of Amazon, said the minister, it will generate “more than 1,500 direct jobs and even more indirect.”
Moreover, the minister accused the Spanish government of “filter” in March last year, Amazon plans in El Prat in order to “hamper” this investment, “not to bear fruit.” “Surely tried to convince them that this operation could make near Madrid,” he added the minister, who recalled that the group already has a logistics center in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) and recently announced its expansion, for which she will pass 32,000 square meters to 75,000 square meters, well below the 210,000 meters that have the center of El Prat, which will make it the largest group of the peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe.
Against the optimism of the Catalan government and the city of El Prat, the general secretaries of CCOO and UGT de Catalunya, Joan Carles Gallego and Josep Maria Alvarez, were critical of Amazon.
Gallego said that Amazon does not distinguish “to be champion” in terms of quality work, which has insisted that be vigilant in ensuring the quality of employment generated by the new center, which will create jobs both direct and indirect .
Alvarez warned that “these businesses require little skilled labor and low wages work”, and said that in times of economic crisis and high unemployment it seems that anything goes and you do not mind the quality of jobs. UGT leader questioned logistic centers should be located in the environment in the metropolitan area of the Catalan capital, which has said it can become a “fudge unsorted”.