France: injection of biomethane from sewage sludge possible

In France, recent legislation on biomethane injection into natural gas networks has been published. The legislation allows the feeding of Bioemethane from sewage sludge of wastewater treatment and introduces a special purchase price system to support the projects. 

Ségolène Royal welcomed the publication in the Official Journal of the regulations paving the way for the injection into the networks of gas, biogas from sludge from wastewater treatment plants (STEP). This new regulatory framework allows injection into gas networks biomethane produced from sewage sludge and sets up a purchase support the development of new projects specific tariff device.

As part of the implementation of the new French energy model, the development of biogas is one of the priorities of the Government in sustainable development.

Injection of biomethane produced from sewage sludge is subject to a strong demand from local authorities. By 2020, more than 60 treatment plants could be provided with the necessary equipment for energy recovery from waste permitting injection of 500 GWh per year of biomethane into the gas networks, the annual consumption of more than 40,000 households.