19 Mai 2011

Abengoa to sell the CO2 from its bioethanol plant in Lacq (France) to Messer

Initiative will enable Abengoa to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 18%

Abengoa, the international company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, has signed an agreement with the gas supplier and producer Messer, to sell 65,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum generated by the bioethanol production plant in Lacq, France, during the cereal fermentation process.

The agreement includes the construction by Messer of a CO2 purification, liquefaction and storage facility attached to the bioethanol plant in Porte d’Abidos (Lacq). The Messer group will use the CO2 for various industrial applications, such as chemicals, foods, etc.

This initiative will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions at Abengoa’s plant in Lacq by 18%, which will contribute to a total emissions saving to more than 70% by 2012, when the new facility will come into operation.

The new facility will represent an important milestone as the first plant of its type to be developed in the region. It will also be a major step forward for the Lacq industrial estate where it will be located and will encourage the development of new and innovative projects that will support the emergence of a new industrial sector.

The project, which primarily aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will further strengthen Abengoa’s strategy and commitment to sustainability and the environment.

About Abengoa
Abengoa (MCE: ABG) is an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste.

Source: Abengoa, press release, 2011-05-19.

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