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Companies looking for permits to utilize state’s unwanted sargassum

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Two companies are waiting Quintana Roo government approval for permits for the use and exploitation of sargassum as raw material.

Huguette Hernández, the State Secretary of the Environment says that these two new companies are in addition to the two already utilizing the state’s sargassum.

Huguette Hernández

Ensol Caribe and Sargapak, two local companies, are next on the list for approval to use the unwanted sargassum. Ensol Caribe is a sargassum cleaning company based in Playa del Carmen while Sargapak is based out of Cancun.

Details as to what consumer products would be made from the sargassum has not been provided, however, Hernández says there are also other companies in Europe interested in the state’s sargassum.

“There are foreign companies from Spain and Holland that have their eyes on biogas projects with sargassum, which would be ideal. We believe that this can also be achieved with technology,” she explained.

Small piles of sargassum are seen here on a Cancun beach.

She says they have been working with a Dutch company since last year who is interested in producing energy with sargassum. She explained that everything depends on the resale since in some seasons the amounts that wash up are massive and in other seasons, not.

Beach cleaners use machinery to remove a load of sargassum from Playa del Carmen.

They are also waiting for the three projects of scientists and researchers focused on the treatment and valorization of sargassum for the generation of a byproduct as part of the BBVA 2023 National Sustainability Challenge “Together for the Mexican Caribbean,” she reported.