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Suez awarded 9-year operations contract for French organics recycling centre

Serving 90 French municipalities, Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) urban area has awarded Suez, in association with Engie Biogas, a nine-year contract to operate MEL's Organic Recovery Centre and the Transfer and Handling Centre at Sequedin, France. Worth EUR 76 million, the contract is based on commitments regarding improving the facility's overall energy and environmental performance.

Suez has been awarded a nine-year operations contract by Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) for its Sequedin Organic Recovery Centre. The contract commits Suez to improve plant efficiency, biogas and compost output (photo courtesy Suez).

As of January 1, 2018, Suez is supporting Métropole Européenne de Lille into producing new resources from biowaste and green waste generated by over one million inhabitants.

We will be improving performance at every level,” explained M. Debreu, Vice-President in charge of waste treatment and recovery at Métropole Européenne de Lille.

With a capacity of 108 600 tonnes per annum, the Organic Recovery Centre produces compost and biogas from the metropolitan area’s organic waste. In line with circular economy principles, the compost is used to enrich farmland while the upgraded biogas is used by the city’s buses or fed into the mains gas network.

Suez commits to increasing production of compost that meets the French NFU standard and which is intended for the farming sector, taking total production up to 30 000 tonnes annually, 10 percent of which will be offered to inhabitants of Métropole Européenne de Lille.

Keen to return organic waste to earth and encourage short distribution channels, Suez will provide this compost free of charge at the city’s waste disposal centre.

Suez Group is proud to be supporting Métropole Européenne de Lille with this new contract. The Group undertakes to promote this important facility and to pursue our commitments in terms of organic waste recovery. Our unique technical expertise in this field helps to create local recovery cycles which help to protect our resources and produce new ones, commented Philippe Maillard, Senior Executive Vice-President Recycling & Recovery Europe and CEO R&R France.

Under the contract, Suez has also committed to improving the facility’s energy performance, mainly by:

  • quadrupling raw biogas production, the equivalent of the annual gas consumption of 3 000 households
  • installing two charging points for electric vehicles (EV) at the facility to encourage sustainable mobility and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In addition, Suez will help Métropole Européenne de Lille in integrating the facility into the local life by:

  • ensuring effective and sustainable management of the facility’s olfactory impact with a two-fold solution that combines human intervention and cutting-edge technical equipment
  • informing and receiving the public, particularly through a complete overhaul of the facility’s visitor trail and educational material, providing a new visitor experience that is open to the public

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