TotalEnergies and Veolia reveal biomethane ambitions

TotalEnergies and Veolia have signed an agreement to produce biomethane from Veolia waste and water treatment facilities operating in more than 15 countries.

The partners will develop and co-invest in a portfolio of international projects, with the ambition to produce up to 1.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of biomethane per year by 2025. This production of renewable gas made from organic waste will be equivalent to the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents and will avoid some 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. TotalEnergies will market the resulting biomethane as a renewable fuel for mobility or as a substitute for natural gas in other uses.

As part of this agreement, the partners will pool their industrial know-how in biomethane production. Veolia will provide its expertise in the production and processing of biogas from its facilities, and TotalEnergies will contribute its in-depth knowledge of the entire biomethane value chain.

TotalEnergies claims to be the segment leader in France, with close to 500 GWh of production capacity, and aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally by partnering with market leaders such as Clean Energy in the United States. The company is active across the entire biomethane value chain, from project development to marketing of biomethane and its by-products (biofertilisers, bioCO2).

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California’s Biogas Potential

The American Biogas Council has rated California as No. 1 in terms of its biogas potential. With 301 biogas systems installed, the Council sees the potential for up to new 1,294 systems, capable of producing a total of 181.6 billion cubic feet of biogas per year. The capital investment potential is thought to be US$3.9 billion.

Farm-derived manure is expected to have the greatest potential, with capacity for over new 900 systems, compared to the 38 currently in use. These new manure-derived systems could account for over half of all biogas output in the state.

Potential for new biogas systems in California

American Biogas Council

Source: American Biogas Council, 2022

Further details can be found on the American Biogas Council website:

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Spain MBT

Construction of a mechanical biological treatment plant

Last month, it was announced that Sacyr Environment and Romero Polo are planning to build and operate a municipal waste treatment centre in Segrià, Montoliu de Lleida, for a total amount of €76.1 million.

The contract, awarded by the waste consortium Consorci de Residus del Segrià to Sacyr Environment and Romero Polo, includes the initial construction of a new MBT facility; as well as the expansion of an existing composting plant and landfill. Also included in the contract is a 10 year agreement for the management and operation of the new facility.

The contract, which has been in place since July 2018, includes the construction of the plant; which is expected to take 24 months. The remaining eight years of the contract will be dedicated to the operation of the plant.

Overall, the MBT plant will treat more than 60,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) and 15,000 tonnes of organic matter. This treatment will take place in a trench composting membrane; this technology is highly flexible, durable and sustainable, and will help minimise the carbon footprint, while reducing the emission of odours, resulting in high-quality compost.

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