According to the Association of Salinas Marinas (Salimar), the Region of Murcia has become one of the main suppliers of sea salt for deicing in the central peninsula, where the demand has quadrupled during the last week due to the temporary Filomena.
The region’s sea salt production comes largely from San Pedro del Pinatar. From Salimar they assure that this has enough ‘stock’ to continue supplying the areas most affected by the storm, “unless a new similar situation occurs during this winter.”
However, in total terms at the national level, the storm ‘Filomena’ has meant allocating the thaw 60,000 tons more than the previous year, going from 120,000 in 2020 to 180,000 so far in 2021, which represents almost a quarter of total production of the associated entities in Salimar, which make up 85% of their sector in Spain.
Sea salt is the most widely used product to prevent the formation of ice on roads and streets due to its ease of storage, handling, application and supply, as well as its effectiveness, since the concentration of sodium chloride is better compared to other salts with more waste.
Salimar was founded in 2019 as a non-profit entity in order to promote and cooperate in a development of the salt industry of exclusively marine origin that combines sustainability, the economic development of the environment and the maintenance of employment in rural areas. The association is made up of five companies – Marítima de Sales (Cádiz), Infosa (Tarragona), Salinas de Es Trenc (Mallorca), Salinera Española (Ibiza and Murcia) and Bras del Port (Alicante), whose salt flats occupy 7,200 hectares of land protected and produce about 750,000 tons of salt annually.