Naturgy Ireland has injected biomethane into the Irish gas grid for the first time.
The firm, which supplies biomethane to companies including major beverage firm Diageo and Tesco Ireland, said that the introduction of biomethane into the gas network represented an “unprecedented opportunity” for businesses in Ireland.
The newly-launched injection point at Cush, County Kildare, will initially supply 36,000 megawatt-hours of biomethane entering the Irish gas network – enough to reduce Ireland’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 7,200 t CO2 per annum. According to Naturgy, this is in addition to “very substantial” upstream emissions reductions on farm of up to 64,800 t CO2 per year.
Naturgy CEO Liam Faulkner said: “Naturgy Ireland has seen a huge growth in demand from businesses looking to transition away from fossil fuels. Many large natural gas users now want to produce biomethane in the same manner as they buy green electricity because they recognise the importance of sustainability and moving towards carbon neutrality for their business.
“The injection of biomethane into the Irish grid for the first time represents an important step towards decarbonising Ireland’s energy use. In the future, this can materially reduce the carbon footprint associated with how we heat our homes, fuel our manufacturing and especially how we power our heavy transport fleet.”
Gas Networks Ireland’s managing director, Denis O’Sullivan, welcomed Naturgy as the first shipper of biomethane in Ireland, adding that the firm is “leading the way” as the first company to offer renewable gas to Irish businesses via the gas network. “Ireland has significant untapped renewable gas potential,” said O’Sullivan.
“The network entry point in Cush, County Kildare, represents the first step to unlocking this potential and progressing our ambition to have a carbon-neutral gas network by 2050.
“Transitioning from natural gas to renewable gas is seamless and one of the ways Gas Networks Ireland and partners like Naturgy can reduce Ireland’s total CO2 emissions across key sectors including electricity, industry, heat, transport, and agriculture.”