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Teresa Ribera will ‘guide’ investments in biomethane for use in transport

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 10:20:14

The Government is determined to promote the use of biomethane in vehicles and to this end it will provide project promoters with pre-feasibility studies that facilitate decision-making on the advisability of undertaking investments. These analyzes will be especially oriented to use in heavy vehicles (electrification will be prioritized in light vehicles), which provide municipal public transport services, collection and urban cleaning, emergencies, civil protection and local police.

Specifically, one of the options considered for these studies is the use of biogas from substrates generated by the energy consumer himself or in a nearby environment to satisfy own consumption for heavy transport. This is stated in the supporting report for the contract that the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) has put out to tender for the “provision of a technical assistance service for carrying out pre-feasibility studies for biomethane transport projects for compliance with the measures of the Biogas Roadmap”. According to the Public Sector Contracting Platform, the estimated value of the contract is €866,822.94 euros (VAT included).

Its purpose is to determine the most appropriate offer for subscription with an entity for a period of 30 months. The projects will be aimed exclusively at the production and direct consumption of biomethane for heavy transport, that is, with a maximum authorized mass of more than 3.5 tons or with capacity for more than nine people. The IDAE obtained a section on its website so that interested parties (owners of farms, industries, municipal waste managers and WWTP sludge, among others), can request the study to be carried out.

Analysis by faces

The analysis will be carried out by faces. At the IDAE’s discretion, depending on the results obtained, all or only a part will be completed. The first two will be a preliminary evaluation based on the data provided by the applicant and the basic pre-feasibility study. For its part, the advanced pre-feasibility study will consist of: biomethane transformation plant, study of the affected fleet, distribution of biomethane to the refueling point or points, and economic study (energy savings, costs, profitability, etc.). The IDAE justifies that it does not have the “neither human nor technical” means to carry out the studies that are the object of the contract. El Confidencial has already advanced that the body, dependent on Ecological Transition, intends to spend more than 1.5 million euros to promote the Biogas Roadmap.

Under the update of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC), the Executive has increased the objective of biogas and biomethane production, by taking advantage of the available potential, coming from different sources, and increasing synergies with the private sector. The biogas forecast means doubling what is quantified in the roadmap, reaching 20 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2030. However, in the opinion of the Spanish Gas Association (Sedigás), the document lacks “the necessary ambition to take advantage of the full potential of real biomethane production in Spain”. He ensures that this goal is representative of less than 2% biomethane to replace the current gas demand.

The employers have thus been defending that decarbonization will be faster with biomethane. Sedigás calculates that Spain has a biomethane production potential of 163 terawatts TWh per year, a figure that would cover around 45% of the national demand for natural gas (up to 72% of industry and households) and with which could have saved 4,000 million euros on the energy bill of the Spanish in 2022, thanks to the reduction in purchases from third countries.

The ‘Study of the biomethane production capacity in Spain’, prepared by Sedigas, in collaboration with PwC and the specialized consultant Biovic, estimates that, in order to materialize the country’s full biofuel potential, more than 2,300 plants could be put into operation of specialized production, which would mobilize an investment of almost 40,500 million euros -the equivalent of 3.6% of GDP- and would generate close to 62,000 jobs, both direct and indirect, associated with its operation and maintenance. However, today the reality is that there are six biomethane plants connected to the grid and a project portfolio of between 200 and 300 facilities, which have already applied for environmental authorizations and other permits, so they could be ready for 2025

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