La Sentiu and Linyola are two large biogas plants in Catalonia, funded by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).
Two projects in Catalonia
Sentiu and Linyola will use organic waste such as pig manure from local farms. Slaughterhouse waste and other industrial organic waste will also be used to fuel these projects. They will then produce 100% renewable biomethane.
One of these two plants is of strategic importance. The organic matter will be used as agricultural fertilizer and the CO2 will be used in industry. Together, these biogas plants will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 150,000 tons per year.
In addition, the biogas project will create local jobs. In addition, La Sentiu and Linyola will reduce the excess of nutrients in the soil, a common problem in Catalonia. Thomas Dalsgaard, partner at Copenhagen Infrastructure, says:
“The status of strategic importance for the La Sentiu project is an important step and a recognition of local support from the Catalan government. We look forward to continuing the good collaboration with our partners and local stakeholders, and finalizing the development of the project, which will significantly contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of new local jobs.”
The CI Advanced Bioenergy Fund I, allows investors to contribute to the energy transition through biogas plant projects. The company, which operates in North America and Europe, is currently deploying a portfolio of advanced bioenergy projects. It is classified as a “dark green” fund and holds the title of world leader in offshore wind.
The Catalan government qualifies the project of La Sentiu of strategic importance since it stands out. This means that the permit application for this plant will be given priority. Investors will decide in 2024 whether CIP is already planning to work with Connect Bioenergy to begin development.
A second company will also participate in the development of the project. The Danish company Lundsby Biogas A/S will be a minority shareholder. Finally, the fund has a proven track record of raising over €19 billion for investments in offshore and onshore wind, solar and biomass.