The facility will be in operation in two stages: in May 2012 for the wood boiler and heating network, and a year after for the waste treatment plant. The 57,000 tones of organic waste from different sources (industries, farms and houses) will allow producing 4 million cubic meters of biogas annually with a portion finally converted into natural gas for vehicles fuel.
The commune, located in the Morbihan department of the region of Brittany in north-western France, will use the biomethane to power all trucks carrying raw materials, ensuring the entire project the “zero carbon emissions” label and saving 300,000 liters of diesel per year.
The total 11 million euros investment is partially funded with grants from Ademe (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and the General Council of Morbihan. “We expect payback in less than 9 years,” said Gregory Super, mayor of Locminé and future CEO of Liger. “The goal is to use and protect the resources of this territory.”
Source: French Association of Natural Gas for Vehicles