Naturgy is adapting the biomethane plant installed in the Porgaporcs livestock farm, in the municipality of Vila-Sana (Lleida), to inject renewable gas into the group’s distribution network in 2023. The company will invest 1.5 million euros in this project to advance in its objective that its distribution networks offer only renewable gas by 2050.
The Vila-Sana biomethane plant will be the third that Naturgy put into commercial operation in Spain and the company’s second located in Catalonia. Starting next summer, this facility will inject 11.8 GWh/year of biomethane into the gas distribution network. The generation and consumption of this renewable gas will prevent the emission of more than 2,450 equivalent tons of CO2/year into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to planting more than 4,900 trees.
With this new facility, Naturgy takes a further step in its commitment to the energy transition, local energy production and the circular economy, as it will provide clean gas to the energy system and contribute to the sustainable management of agricultural and livestock waste of this farm.
In 2019, through the LIFE Methamorphosis project financed with European funds, Naturgy already tested the biomethane produced at this plant in natural gas vehicles and, a year later, the biomethane generated was taken to Zaragoza for use in urban transport in this city.
The first biomethane plant that the company put into service is located at the wastewater treatment plant in Bens (A Coruña). The second facility, Elena, located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), was the first to inject renewable gas from a landfill into the Spanish gas network.
Through its subsidiary Nedgia, Naturgy has almost 5.4 million natural gas supply points in 1,150 municipalities in the country. Its main asset is the more than 55,500 kilometers of networks that allow the energy supply of natural gas to be delivered safely and efficiently today, and the distribution of renewable gas, as well as hydrogen in the future.
With this new project, Naturgy is at the forefront of innovation in the development of this important energy vector, which will contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the Spanish economy in the coming years.
The production of renewable gases is aligned with the recently approved REPowerEU package, the European plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and advance the green transition. Within this plan, biomethane plays a key role in replacing the use of natural gas in the coming years.