As the ongoing energy transition forces companies to look to cleaner forms of fuel, energy giant Air Liquide has expanded its low carbon approach by launching a biomethane production facility in Huai’an City – known as China’s ‘canal city’, in the Jiangsu Province of China.

With a capacity of 75 GWh (gigawatt hours) per year, the plant will turn incoming agricultural and livestock waste from local farms into biogas before upgrading it to biomethane. 

Aligning with Air Liquide’s Sustainable Objectives and its ADVANCE strategic plan, the biomethane unit will contribute to a circular carbon economy by recycling the digestate by-product to be used in production of bio-fertilisers. 

By expanding its China operations, the company is planning to exploit the country’s high potential for biomethane, supported by government plants to promote the valorisation of waste to help develop rural China. 

Commenting on the launch, Emilie Mouren-Renouard, Member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee, supervising Innovation and Development, said, “We are pleased to start this first biomethane project in China, a dynamic market, and to continue expanding this activity with our partners in key countries.” 

“Biomethane follows a circular economy approach and contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions, thus to the development of a low-carbon society.”

The ADVANCE plan aims to accelerate the company’s efforts in sustainable development by delivering strong financial performance, decarbonising the planet, unlocking progress via technology and acting for all. 

Having developed solutions across the entire biomethane value chain, Air Liquide now produces about 1.4 TWh (terawatt hours) of biomethane each year from its 21 plants.