Total has acquired Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds and operates anaerobic digestion units in France.  Fonroche Biogaz has a cumulative installed capacity of almost 500 GWh with a portfolio of seven operational units and four units are in the pipeline.

Fonroche Biogaz has a significant market share of about 10 per cent and has an expertise across the renewable gas value chain. The acquisition has thrusted Total forward in the renewable gas market, with access to more opportunities in the French as well as international market. The step is in line with Total’s strategy and our climate ambition achieve net zero by 2050. Biogas plays a key role in energy transition by reducing the carbon intensity. Total intends to produce 1.5 TWh of biomethane annually by 2025 and 4 to 6 TWh annually by 2030. Thus, acquiring Fonroche Biogas is a key step towards this.

Biogas is a renewable gas produced by the fermentation of organic matter. It can be purified to produce biomethane, which has the same properties as natural gas and can therefore be injected into distribution networks or used as an alternative fuel for mobility (bio-CNG or bio-LNG).

Total is a broad energy company that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and electricity.  In the international bioenergy market, Total already has affiliations with Méthanergy (combined heat and power production from biogas), PitPoint and Clean Energy (biomethane production and distribution via a network of Bio-CNG/Bio-LNG stations) in Benelux and the United States respectively. Recently, Total signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Clean Energy to establish a $100 million joint venture to develop renewable gas production projects in the United States.