Veolia, Waga Energy commission France’s largest biomethane production unit

Veolia and Waga Energy have commissioned France’s largest biomethane production unit using biogas from a non-hazardous waste storage facility.

Based on Waga Energy’s WAGABOX® technology, this fully automated and remotely controlled production unit recovers and treats the biogas from landfill waste to transform it into biomethane. The green gas is then injected directly into the GRDF-operated network to provide energy to homes and businesses in the region for traditional uses, but also to decarbonise the transport sector.

GRDF has invested in adapting the gas network to accommodate the renewable gas production of what the company described as an “exceptional project”.

Located on the largest biogas production site in France, Veolia’s ecology hub in Claye-Souilly (Paris region), the unit will produce 120 GWh of renewable gas annually. This is equivalent to the average annual consumption of 20,000 households or 480 buses running on bio-NGV and will avoid around 25,000 tons of CO2 annually.

The Claye-Souilly project is one of four developed through a partnership between Veolia and Waga Energy in France. A production unit is already in operation in Saint-Palais (Cher), with two others under construction in Le Ham (Manche) and Chatuzange-le-Goubet (Drôme). Once commissioned, these four units will produce up to 175 GWh of biomethane per year by 2024.

“The commissioning of this high capacity unit at the Clay-Souilly industrial ecology hub marks a new milestone in our five-year collaboration with Veolia,” said Mathieu Lefebvre, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Waga Energy.

“We are delighted to combine our unique gas engineering expertise with the expertise of a world leader in waste treatment to develop a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. By producing biomethane, a pillar of the energy transition, we are taking concrete action against global warming and helping to strengthen our country’s energy independence.”

Veolia is a key player in biogas production and the conversion of biogas into energy. It already produces 1.6 TWh of biogas from waste methanisation in France.

Estelle Brachlianoff, group chief operating officer at Veolia, commented: “We intend to contribute to the development of a full-fledged green gas production sector at the European level, which is essential for energy security and to fight against global warming.”

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