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IES Biogas, CVE to develop biomethane plant in Toulouse

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IES Biogas has signed a new contract with French company CVE to build a new biomethane plant near Toulouse, France.

The 320 Nm3 per hour (1.2 MWe) facility will be located in an area of approximately 28,000 square metres in the municipalities of Labessiere-Candeil and Montdragon.

Due to come on stream in 2023, the new plant will treat approximately 25,000 tonnes per year of organic, industrial, and agro-industrial waste. The waste will be made up of 29 different types of biomass, including from slaughterhouses and bakeries. The biomethane produced by this facility will be fed into the Teréga gas network.

IES Biogas, a subsidiary of Snam, a major energy infrastructure player, entered the French market a few years ago and in the coming months will conclude the construction of another plant in the north of the country in Amiens, which will treat waste from large-scale retail trade and catering, obtaining 2.2 million m3 of biogas.

The CVE Group is an independent French producer of renewable energy across multiple countries and sources of power. The firm develops, finances and builds solar and hydropower plants and biomethane units. In December 2021, CVE raised €30 million from Swen Capital Partners to finance the development of its biogas business, and aims to become the leading independent player in renewable gas in France, based on a local model.

According to the European Biogas Association’s recent Statistical Report 2021, with biomethane production at 2,207 GWh, France is the fastest-growing European country in this sector. Ninety-one plants went into operation in 2020 and another 81 were installed in the first seven months of 2021. Currently, 950 new projects are underway with a total production capacity of 22.6 TWh per year.