French producer TotalEnergies and Clean Energy Fuels have started construction on a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Texas, the first project in the companies' joint venture.

The facility at the Del Rio Dairy site in Friona, Texas, aims to produce more than 40 gigawatt hours of biomethane per year, which could fuel 200 to 300 trucks annually. Clean Energy will distribute the RNG around the country at its RNG stations.

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“This project at Del Rio Dairy helps to address the increasing demand for RNG by fleets and is a great example of our partnership with TotalEnergies, one of the world’s leading and most sustainably-minded energy companies,” said Andrew Littlefair, president and chief executive of Clean Energy.

“RNG, one of the cleanest fuels on the planet, manages greenhouse gas emissions and tackles global warming. The added RNG production from Del Rio will help us meet our target to provide this 100% negative carbon emissions fuel at all of our North American stations by 2025.”

The project expects to avoid 45,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, capturing waste from 7500 milking cows. Agriculture accounts for 10% of US greenhouse gas emissions and capturing the methane from dairy farms can lower the emissions.

“We are pleased to consolidate our entry into the US biomethane market by jointly developing this first production unit on the Del Rio Dairy farm, through our joint venture with Clean Energy,” said Laurent Wolffsheim, senior vice president of Green Gases & Growth at TotalEnergies.

“This project marks another step in TotalEnergies' transformation into a multi-energy company, and in the implementation of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.”

TotalEnergies acquired part of Clean Energy in 2018, making it the largest shareholder of the company with a 19% stake. The two companies set up this equal joint venture in March of this year.