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Construction begins on TotalEnergies, Clean Energy biomethane unit

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TotalEnergies and Clean Energy have started construction on their first biomethane production unit in Friona, Texas.

Located on Del Rio Dairy farm, the facility will be fuelled by an onsite supply of livestock manure to produce more than 40 GWh of biomethane per year. The biomethane will be used as an alternative fuel for mobility, contributing to the decarbonisation of road transport.

Clean Energy will distribute the gas through its network of fuelling stations, enabling the supply of renewable gas to between 200 and 300 trucks per year.

“We are pleased to consolidate our entry into the US biomethane market by jointly developing this production unit on the Del Rio Dairy farm, through our joint venture with Clean Energy,” said Laurent Wolffsheim, senior vice-president of green gases and growth at TotalEnergies.

This project marks another step in TotalEnergies’ transformation into a multi-energy company, and in the implementation of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.”

Clean Energy’s president and CEO, Andrew Littlefair, commented: “This project at Del Rio Dairy helps to address the increasing demand for RNG by fleets and is a great example of our partnership with TotalEnergies, one of the world’s leading and most sustainably-minded energy companies.

“RNG, one of the cleanest fuels on the planet, manages greenhouse gas emissions and tackles global warming. The added RNG production from Del Rio will help us meet our target to provide this 100% negative carbon emissions fuel at all our North American stations by 2025.”

Through the acquisition of an interest in Clean Energy in May 2018, TotalEnergies became the largest shareholder of the US natural gas vehicle fuels company, with a 19% stake today. In March this year, the two partners set up a 50/50 JV to speed up the development of biomethane production in the US.