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The gas transmission network, an energy transition driver

In the French energy mix, gas has an extremely important place, equivalent to that of electricity.

The historical presence and density of the transmission networks or the potential for the local development of renewable gas from methanisation or gasification are some of the strengths that should be harnessed to construct the future energy of local areas.

At the interface between producers, suppliers, infrastructure managers and consumers (public and industrial), GRTgaz is at the heart of the energy transition challenge able to ensure a balance between supply and demand in the markets and production and consumption in local areas.

GRTgaz provides territorial coverage that will facilitate the evolution of the energy mix by encouraging the transition towards less carbonised energy and by creating the conditions for the massive injection of local and renewable energy resources into the networks.

We accompany local areas in the five energy transition fields:

Developing biogas

Biogas is a fuel produced from the transformation of organic materials. Once purified, the biogas becomes biomethane that can be injected into the networks. Besides offering gas consumers access to a renewable energy, the sector boosts rural development, generates additional income for the farming world and creates local, non-relocatable employment.

GRTgaz supports production and injection into the network by:

  • participating in the development of regional and local sectors (financing of engineering designs, technical support, provision of resource maps, etc.);
  • contributing to Smart Grid projects for optimising the capabilities of injecting biogas into the network;
  • support for the emergence of second generation, renewable gas sectors (e.g. pyro-gasification).

GRTgaz, energy solutions for the future

Contributing to the economic attractiveness of local areas

The industries in your local areas need a competitive, reliable energy supply that is environmentally-friendly.

GRTgaz gives them access to energy that satisfies the diversity of their uses and contributes to maintaining the industries and jobs that are linked to them. The gas network is an asset for the economic development of local areas.

GRTgaz advises and provides services to industrial actors:

  • optimisation of their gas uses;
  • materialisation of their oil-to-gas conversion projects;
  • recycling of their waste or methanisable by-products.

Natural gas, an asset for industry

Promoting gas transport

A Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV or bio-NGV) reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollutants (such as nitrogen oxides), in particular, for buses and heavy goods vehicles.

The local authorities which use NGV fleets appreciate the level of economic performance offered by this fuel and the reduced noise pollution.

GRTgaz supports the development of sustainable transport by:

  • support for producing maps of the locations of NGV stations (e.g. Open Data Gas Mobility platform);
  • funding feasibility studies and ‘gas transport’ projects (fleets, stations, etc.).

Harnessing NGV for sustainable mobility

Contributing to local strategies

Local authorities have powers regarding regional development and the energy transition. They formalise their strategy through plans/approaches such as: SRADDET, SCoT, PLU(i), PCAET, the energy road map, the waste plan, etc.

GRTgaz assists local authorities by:

  • making consumption data available, in particular via the common platform developed with RTE: Open Data, Energy Networks;
  • involvement in meetings for co-constructing these plans;
  • participation in territorial development bodies (competitiveness clusters, groupings or associations of actors, regional natural parks, etc.).

GRTgaz in the regions

Innovation seeks to develop renewable gas in its different forms (biogas, pyro-gasification, etc.). Innovation also requires developing future solutions, such as Power to Gas (hydrogen and storage) and smart and interconnected transmission networks (e.g. reverse-flow stations).

Networked with local stakeholders, GRTgaz contributes (via funding and contributing to engineering) to:

  • desirability and feasibility studies;
  • in some cases, to realising these projects.

In addition, GRTgaz involves local SMEs in its own open innovation approach.

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