Start of construction for two new biogas plants in France

EnviThan technology continues to impress French market

Lohne, 07 November 2016 – Another chapter was added to the success story of innovative gas upgrading technology EnviThan in France in late October, as construction started on two biogas plants to mark the further expansion of Germany’s EnviTec Biogas AG in Europe’s largest biogas market.

In Senlis, Picardy region, a 130 Nm³/h gas upgrading plant is being constructed together with Valois Energie SAS. When completed, three agriculturalists with arable farming businesses will operate the plant jointly with a mixture of agricultural waste, straw, catch crops and sugar beet pulp. EnviTec Anlagenbau also faced new challenges in this construction project: “Our customers’ plant is located close to the historically important town of Senlis, so our very first task here was to satisfy the local authorities’ architectural regulations,” explains Christian Ernst, Managing Director of the EnviTec Biogas branch office in France.

The biogas all-rounder’s second new construction project is in Normandy. Here, the operator is a family-owned waste management company in Etréville. Vitaligaz SAS will be expanding its existing 1 MW EnviTec plant with a 360 Nm³/h gas upgrading unit, which will be operated using waste from the family’s own business. “The 1 MW plant went online back in 2010 and we’ll be expanding this system in two phases: after completing the construction of an additional digester, we’ll then add the gas upgrading unit,” Ernst continues. The challenge in this project is connecting the plant to a highpressure network running at 67 bar, notes the plant engineering expert: “This means we need to draw up a very detailed set of plans and our site management has to be perfect.”

About EnviTec Biogas AG

EnviTec Biogas AG covers the entire value chain for the production of biogas, including the planning and turnkey construction of biogas plants and biogas upgrading plants as well as their commissioning. The company takes charge of biological and technical services on demand and also offers full plant and operational management. In addition, EnviTec
also operates its own biogas plants. In 2011, EnviTec Biogas along with EnviTec Energy GmbH & Co. KG and its 100% subsidiary EnviTec Stromkontor GmbH & Co. KG expanded its business operations into the direct marketing of upgraded biomethane as well as the marketing of green electricity and balancing energy. With a presence in 17 countries worldwide, EnviTec Biogas AG is represented by its own companies, sales offices, strategic partners and joint ventures. In 2015, EnviTec generated revenue of €174.9 million and EBIT of €3.4 million. The EnviTec Group currently has around 370 employees. EnviTec Biogas has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since July 2007.


Katrin Hackfort
EnviTec Biogas AG
Tel.: +49 25 74 88 88–810