Total SE has acquired Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds, and operates anaerobic digestion units in France. With close to 500 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of installed capacity, which doubled between 2019 and 2020, Fonroche Biogaz is a French producer of renewable natural gas (RNG). Analysts quantify its market share at more than 10%, thanks to a portfolio of seven units in operation throughout France with a total of nearly 500 GWh per year, and more projects already in the works.
“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy and our 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 Philippe Sauquet, Total’s president of gas, renewables, and power. “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 Biogaz is therefore the cornerstone of our development in this market.”