Germany-based biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has clinched a contract for a 500 kW plant in Saint-Varent in western France at EuroTier tradeshow.

French project developer Methaneo has contracted Weltec for a plant based on its own concept for co-operative agricultural biogas plants.

Weltec Biopower bags French contract

Construction work will begin in January 2013, and the plant is to go live and starting feeding electricity into the French grid as early as July 2013. The 4,900 m3 stainless-steel fermenter is to be filled with an agricultural substrate mix consisting of cattle manure, sheep manure, chicken manure and grain residue.

The plant in Saint-Varent, in the département of Deux-Sèvres, is the sixth Weltec project in France.

Jens Albartus, Weltec Biopower CEO, describes the investment mood in France as positive for his company’s segment. In 2012, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency for the development of regenerative energies (ADEME) has already received twice as many project enquiries as in 2011, he said.

Meanwhile, construction of new biogas plants in Germany has slumped by 80% from last year, according to the German Biogas Association.

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