Launch of a Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) relating to pyrogasification for injection into the gas network

Project developers are invited to take part from 28 February to 29 April 2022.
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Renewable gases and low-carbon are preferred method to answer to climate emergency. GRTgaz is leading a Call for Expression of Interest relating to Pyrogasification for Injection into the Gas Network as part of work undertaken by the "New Energy Systems” Sector Strategy Committee. From 28 February to 29 April 2022, project developers are invited to take part.

The aim of the pyrogasification CEI is to identify projects and to consolidate and share a vision for the sector with the public authorities and various stakeholders. This initiative falls under the French State’s policy of implementing experimental contracts for biogas production facilities that use innovative technologies, as detailed in Article 33 of the French Energy and Climate Law (LEC) of 8 November 2019.

As part of this CEI, GRTgaz will support project developers by aggregating and analysing their responses to produce a consolidated, anonymous summary.

Pyrogasification takes solid residues that are poorly recovered or non-recovered (e.g. biomass residues, tyres, plastics) and transforms them into gas for injection into the network by heating them to extremely high temperatures (between 800 and 1,500°C) with little or no oxygen. By 2030, the network operators’ forecast assessment indicates that pyrogasification could represent 6 TWh of injected gas per year, i.e. up to 1 million tonnes of CO2 avoided. This technology of the future will thus contribute to achieving 100% renewable or low-carbon gas consumption in France by 2050.

A CEI open to all project developers

The CEI is open to all developers whose projects are in the preliminary study or developmental phases.

Participants will receive support and advice, in particular relating to network access and financing. They may also have access to a summary of the information collected.

The benefits of this CEI

France’s Climate Plan commits it to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, in particular by producing 100% renewable and low-carbon gas. This target, as set out in the 2015 French Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, has given rise to a “National Low-Carbon Strategy” roadmap. In 2019, this led to a new Multi-Annual Energy Program (PPE) setting out the priority actions for implementation by 2018. A “New Energy Systems” Sector Strategy Committee was also formed in parallel. It brings together the whole range of industrial companies involved in the energy transition, the Government contract for which was renewed on 4 November 2021. Its goal is to make the energy transition a driver to revive industry by grasping the opportunities provided by emerging sectors. The development of pyrogasification for injection to the networks falls under this strategy.

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