TotalEnergies, Veolia, partner for biomethane project

By Julian Buckley02 February 2022

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

The renewable fuel will be used for mobility solutions or as a substitute for natural gas in other applications.

This is said to be equivalent to the annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents. The fuel should also serve to remove about 200,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere per year.

The partners will develop a series of projects with the goal of producing up to 1.5 TWh of biomethane per year by 2025 from organic waste.

As for project split, Veolia will provide expertise in production and processing of biogas, while TotalEnergies will deliver expertise related to the biomethane value chain.

“We are pleased to partner with Veolia to promote the recovery of waste through the production of biomethane, and thereby the circular economy, one of the pillars of sustainable development,” said Stéphane Michel, president Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies. “The development of biomethane is part of TotalEnergies’ transformation into a broad energy company, and the deployment of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.”

“Our partnership with TotalEnergies is in line with Veolia’s strategy to develop solutions for decarbonizing the energy mix, notably with biogas, as part of an ecological transition,” said Estelle Brachlianoff, COO at Veolia. “At the global level, the biogas resources at our sites offer more than 6 terawatt hours of primary energy. With this biomethane production potential and our know-how in biogas management, Veolia intends to become a leading player in the value chain while developing more decentralized and local green energy production capacity.”

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