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DESFA signs agreement for the development of a biomethane pilot project

A tripartite cooperation agreement for the development of a biomethane pilot project with injection into the national natural gas transmission system was signed by Greece’s TSO DESFA and the companies Polyeco and Ergoplanning.

As described in the cooperation agreement, biomethane may be used instead of natural gas for DESFA’s own consumption purposes in the operation of the compression stations in Nea Messimvria in Thessaloniki and Ampelia in Thessaly. As the two facilities are located near areas with high availability of waste, this move presents a feasible and economically viable solution, for the improvement of the carbon footprint of the two stations.

“Biomethane gas, as a renewable and locally produced fuel with a zero-carbon footprint, is a promising solution both for the transition to a green energy system at affordable cost and for significantly reducing energy dependency,” commented the CEO of DESFA, Maria Rita Galli. “In this direction, the signing of this cooperation agreement marks yet another step towards the concrete implementation of the biomethane production value chain in Greece, following the submission of a comprehensive study on the development of a biomethane market to the Ministry of Environment and Energy in June. DESFA, committed to the principles of circular economy, always explores synergies with companies of high technical know-how and expertise to improve our environmental and carbon footprint and therefore we are particularly glad for today’s signing and looking forward to continuing this fruitful cooperation.”

Indeed, DESFA’s synergy with the two companies concerns the entire biomethane value chain, from a large waste portfolio allowing the continuous supply of the plant, to the installation, operation and management of the plant and the final extraction of the green gas for consumption.

“The current energy crisis requires the development of partnerships, strategies and solutions that will create high business prospects in the transformation of energy systems,” added the President and CEO of POLYECO, Ioannis Polychronopoulos. “[…] The inclusion of biomethane in the energy balance of our country is not just an imposed choice, but a feasible and sustainable perspective, as it contributes to energy independence, urban and rural development, the reduction of carbon emissions and the improvement of the ecological footprint.”

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