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Inauguration of the first methanisation unit connected to the Ile-de-France gas network

The Bassée Biogaz methanisation unit was inaugurated today in the presence of elected officials and representatives of the Ile-de-France Region.

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The project is being led by Nicolas Brunet a farmer in Seine-et-Marne, and the Engineering Office, Artaim Conseil. Located at Noyen-sur-Seine, the methanisation site produces 16.5 million kWh/year (i.e. 16.5 GWh/year) of biomethane from intermediate crops grown for energy purposes (CIVEs) and agricultural co-products, the equivalent of the consumption of nearly 1,400 gas-heated homes. The first biomethane site of agricultural origin connected to the Ile-de-France gas transmission network, it illustrates the potential of biomethane and its positive impact on the development of the circular economy of the Ile-de-France.

Biomethane is a renewable energy produced from organic matter. Injected into the gas networks, it can be used for all uses: heating, cooking, industry, mobility, etc. By reducing CO2 emissions at all the stages of the process, the development of the injection of renewable gas sector avoided 90,000 tonnes of CO2 being discharged into the atmosphere in 2017. The expansion of biomethane is also strengthening the role of the farming world in the economic activity of our territories, is allowing a competitive French sector to develop and is improving the national trade balance by producing renewable gas locally.

At the end of August 2018, 65 biomethane production sites were connected to the natural gas networks; 21 sites have gone into service since the beginning of the year. The injection of biomethane into the gas networks in France is increasing significantly. After having doubled between 2016 and 2017, it reached 368 GWh in the first 8 months of the year, i.e. a strong increase of 67% compared to the same period of the previous year. More than 480 projects are now being studied over the whole of France, which could bring the injection capacity up to 10,000 GWh/year. In addition to biomethane, Power to Gas and gasification will also very soon make an essential contribution to the development of renewable gas in France.

The Bassée Biogaz project has benefited from the technical and financial assistance of the Ile-de-France Region, as part of the regional strategy for the development of methanisation voted for in 2014, with a subsidy rate equal to 20% of the amount invested.