Biomass, District Energy, On Site Renewables

Waste to district heat in Bordeaux

Veolia Environnement is to operate a waste-to-energy plant and heating network for the Bordeaux Urban Community.

Under the terms of the deal, the Hauts de Garonne installation will be operated by Veolia Environnement subsidiaries Soval and Dalkia for 12 years. The contract is expected to realise a cumulative turnover of roughly €180 million for Veolia.

The company will operate the Cenon waste-to-energy plant, which processes 120,000 tonnes of municipal waste per year and produces energy to supply the heating network.

In addition, Veolia will operate the heating network currently supplying the equivalent of 12,000 homes with heating and domestic hot water in the Cenon, Lormont and Floirac municipalities.

Veolia has also committed to significantly improving the service provided to district heating users, with the 17.5 km of the current network entirely renovated together with a switch to low pressure and the creation of new network loops.

Finally, the offer plans for a 5 km extension of the heating network so as to connect new homes. Optional investments can also be made by the plant to improve energy efficiency, in particular electrical, the company says.