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Gas in Focus - 2019 edition
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Commissioning of two new bio-methane sites connected to the GRTgaz network

Located at Noyen-sur-Seine (Seine-et-Marne) and Les Essarts-en-Bocage (Vendée), these two new bio-methane injection sites will produce a total of 59 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable gas as of this year, the equivalent of the annual consumption of 4,800 gas-heated housing units or 260 gas-powered buses.

The first site of agricultural origin bio-methane connected to the transport network in France, the Bassée Biogaz project is led by Nicolas Brunet, a farmer at Noyen-sur-Seine and Jaulnes, and the engineering consultants Artaim Conseil. It will produce bio-methane using intermediate crops grown for energy and plant by-products (sugar-beet pulps from silos).

The first bio-methane site for GRTgaz in western France, the Bioloie project has brought together the duck producer from the Vendée Ernest Soulard, and the methanisation project developer Fonroche Biogaz. It will produce bio-methane from around 73,300 tonnes of organic agricultural and agro-industrial waste.

These projects are the second and third sites connected to the GRTgaz transport network after that of Chagny in Saône-et-Loire. They illustrate the potential of bio-methane and its positive impact for the development of the circular economy in the regions and for farming. At the end of December 2017,  44 methanisation sites were injecting renewable gas into the French gas networks.

The gas network operators recently stated that it would be possible to increase the proportion of renewable gas in French consumption to 30% by 2030. Injecting bio-methane into the gas networks gives all French gas consumers (industrial, domestic consumers, fuel natural gas stations) access to renewable gas while preserving the ease of use of natural gas.