ANDION ITALY S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of Andion Global, a global leader in delivering proven and comprehensive waste-to-energy solutions, and EGEA NEW ENERGY S.p.A., the EGEA Group company focused on developing, building and managing renewable energy plants, announced the joint acquisition of BIOMETHAN GREEN 1 – SOCIETÀ AGRICOLA S.R.L., a fully permitted greenfield agricultural project in Mirandola, located in the province of Modena. Bio-LNG will be produced by processing organic waste, specifically agricultural production waste, using Andion’s proprietary anaerobic digestion technology.
Engineering, procurement and construction of the new facility is expected to commence in early 2023. Both EGEA and Andion have started collaboration with the surrounding communities to secure agricultural feedstock – processed to produce renewable natural gas – to be delivered to the new anaerobic digestion facility.
“We are really proud to provide a step forward in this energy transition. Every year, the Andion and EGEA plant will avoid the emission of 8,000 tons of CO2; and will assure the treatment of over 65,000 tons of pig and cow slurry and poultry litter, providing a solution to the abundance of animal waste being produced in the area. The facility will produce enough liquid biomethane to fuel a fleet of trucks more than 10 million kilometers,” commented Roberto Zocchi, CEO of Andion Italy and President of Biomethan Green 1.
“The partnership with Andion represents for EGEA a great driver of development in the biomethane sector,” said Massimo Cellino, CEO of EGEA New Energy. “We are happy to collaborate with a cutting-edge international company capable of pooling the best expertise and most innovative technologies available. The new plant in Mirandola is currently in the design phase and construction will start in early 2023. This plant will produce biomethane from livestock manure. The objective of the EGEA Group is to increase the share of energy produced from renewable sources by means of new photovoltaic, hydroelectric, biogas and biomethane plants. In the context of today’s uncertain markets, the availability of autonomous production sources of natural gas creates greater independence and limits the risk in supply.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with EGEA, an established Italian multi-utility that shares the same passion for responsibly developing renewable energy projects throughout Italy. Our first joint project in Mirandola will demonstrate the synergy of our two companies. EGEA’s knowledge and operation experience is ideally paired to Andion’s project development and technological expertise,” added Phillip Abrary, CEO of Andion Global.
EGEA and Andion also announced the two companies have signed a framework agreement to jointly develop other projects throughout Italy; a natural partnership as the two companies are world class leaders in the development of anaerobic digestion facilities and production of renewable energy, using a variety of organic feedstocks. EGEA has built and manages five biogas cogeneration plants, for a total installed power of almost 3 MW of electricity, having recently commissioned a plant nearby in Cella Dati, which will provide operational synergy to the facility in Mirandola. Andion’s team has successfully delivered more than 50 complete anaerobic digestion facilities.