TotalEnergies is working with French waste management and energy company Veolia to produce up to 1.5 terawatt-hours of biomethane per year by 2025.
The renewable gas will be produced from organic waste and represents the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents. The company claims the gas can also avoid about 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
"We are pleased to partner with Veolia to promote the recovery of waste through the production of biomethane, and thereby the circular economy, one of the pillars of sustainable development," said Stéphane Michel, president of Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies.
"The development of biomethane is part of TotalEnergies' transformation into a broad energy company, and the deployment of its ambition to be a major player in renewables."
TotalEnergies will contribute its experience with the biomethane value chain to the partnership. In November, the French supermajor started construction on a biomethane facility in Texas that aims to produce up to 40 gigawatt-hours of biomethane per year.
Veolia will contribute its expertise in biogas production and processing, and will use its waste and water treatment facilities in more than 15 countries to produce the biomethane.
"Our partnership with TotalEnergies is in line with Veolia's strategy to develop solutions for decarbonising the energy mix, notably with biogas, as part of an ecological transition," said Estelle Brachlianoff, chief operating officer of Veolia.
"At the global level, the biogas resources at our sites offer more than 6 terawatt hours of primary energy. With this biomethane production potential and our know-how in biogas management, Veolia intends to become a leading player in the value chain while developing more decentralised and local green energy production capacity."
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