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Total steps up commitment to renewable gas

Total has announced the acquisition of Fonroche Biogaz, the ‘French market leader’ in the production of renewable gas.

Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds and operates anaerobic digestion units in France, has close to 500 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of installed capacity, which doubled between 2019 and 2020,

Total says the integration of Fonroche Biogaz marks a significant step in its development of the renewable gas market, with prospects for ‘rapid growth’ in the French market and for international deployment.

Commenting, Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables & Power at Total, said the acquisition was consistent with the company’s strategy and climate ambition to get to Net Zero by 2050.

‘We believe that renewable gas has a key role to play in the energy transition as it contributes to reducing the carbon intensity of natural gas – and we support the imposition of renewable gas incorporation in natural gas networks,’ said Sauquet.

‘In 2020, we stated our intention to contribute to the development of this sector, which we expect to become more competitive in the next few years. We intend to produce 1.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of biomethane a year by 2025 and Fonroche Biogas is therefore the cornerstone of our development in this market,’ Sauquet added.

Total already has a presence in renewables through its affiliates Méthanergy in France, and PitPoint and Clean Energy in Benelux and the United States, respectively.

In December 2020, Total signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Clean Energy to establish a $100 million 50/50 joint venture to develop renewable gas production projects in the United States. By 2030, the company plans to produce 4 to 6 TWh of biomethane a year.

Rhys Berry

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