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BTS Biogas consolidates its French presence

BTS Biogas consolidates its French presence
BTS Biogas GmbH (BTS) has begun construction of two new biogas plants in Brittany and Upper France (photo courtesy BTS Biogas).

Italy-headed BTS Biogas GmbH (BTS), a wholly-owned biogas technology subsidiary of US-headed Bioenergy Development Company (Bioenergy DevCo - BDC) is strengthening its presence in the French market with the construction of two new biogas plants in Brittany and Upper France.

The first brick of the Oudon Biogaz plant in Livré-La Touche in Mayenne was laid and earthworks began for the construction of the Biomethane du Vandy plant in Saint Etienne Roilaye, in Upper France.

The construction of two new plants in France consolidates the position of BTS Biogas on the transalpine market, in a sector that has been growing rapidly in recent years, said Franco Lusuriello, CEO of BTS Biogas.

Oudon Biogaz

The company has signed an agreement with Oudon Biogaz, a company consisting of 72 farms in the Mayenne Department, for the development of a project for the production of agricultural biogas in the Loire Region.

At the end of April 2022, Oudon Biogas laid the first brick of the plant which will be built with BTS Biogas anaerobic digestion (AD) technologies, in the municipality of Livré La Touche, near Craon, and will become operational in 2023.

Oudon Biogaz’s goal is to sustainably recover the more than 140 000 tonnes of manure produced on its 72 farms, 85 percent of which is agricultural by-products such as slurry, manure, and straw, to generate 55 GWh of biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) annually.

Cereal waste and local agro-industry by-products may also be used to power the plant. The biomethane produced will be channeled into the national grid and will avoid the emission of approximately 14 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The digestate will be used in the 7 700 hectares (ha) of fields of the farms of Oudon Biogaz enabling the opportunity to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers. The project will not only contribute to 25 percent of biogas production in the Mayenne Department, it will also create 10 jobs.

Biomethane du Vandy

BTS Biogas has also signed an agreement with the farmers of the Lisières de l’Oise, for the development of the Biomethane du Vandy project, at Saint Etienne Roilaye, in Upper France.

The biogas plant, which is expected to become operational in 2023, will be powered mainly by corn silage and beet pulp which will generate about 250 Nm3/h.

The plant will make it possible to produce green energy for 3 000 families in the area, create 4 direct jobs, offer a new outlet for co-products, and make digestate available to farms, a natural fertilizer with agronomic characteristics capable of replacing chemical fertilizers.

Our company, which has been operating in the French market since 2014 with 11 plants in production mode, 9 under construction, and a pipeline of 10 orders, is contributing significantly to the development of this sector. In addition to the Biomethane du Vandy project, we are also working on the Oudon Biogaz site, the largest French biogas plant for volumes handled powered by over 140 000 t/y of livestock manure, ended Franco Lusuriello.

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