Viva Energy announces partnership with European landfill gas specialist Waga Energy

28 Oct 2021

Viva Energy has signed a partnership agreement with Waga Energy, the European leader in renewable natural gas recovery from landfill waste.

The four-year agreement provides Viva Energy with first right of refusal to offtake biomethane produced by Waga Energy in Australia. Viva Energy sees growing demand for renewable natural gas from customers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Biomethane is a renewable substitute for natural gas and is one of the most competitive means to reduce CO2 emissions for heavy industrial users of natural gas.

Established in 2015 in Grenoble, France, Waga Energy has developed proprietary, patented technology for the recovery and purification of gas that is released from landfill sites. This gas is collected and processed in units known as WAGABOX.

The average WAGABOX unit offers a maximum installed capacity of 225 GWh/year, enough to power 35,000 homes and avoid the emission of 45,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The WAGABOX solution can produce large quantities of biomethane at a competitive price.

Waga Energy operates 10 WAGABOX units in France and is considered the European leader in the production of biomethane from landfill gas. There are 10 new WAGABOX units under construction, including one in Spain and two in Canada.

“This is another step in developing lower-carbon products, as we begin the transition to more sustainable energy sources,” said Lachlan Pfeiffer, Viva Energy’s Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer. “We are keen to develop products that will support our customer’s emissions reduction ambitions, and we think biomethane can play an important role for customers with natural gas demand and usage.”

Earlier this year, Viva Energy announced an alliance with leading global hydrogen commercial vehicle manufacturer Hyzon Motors and in July it launched Australia’s first certified carbon-offset jet fuel, Carbon Neutral Jet A-1.

Waga Energy’s technology addresses the carbon challenge in two ways. The WAGABOX units capture the gas emitted from landfill sites, which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. But it also produces a renewable substitute for fossil-based natural gas, so it reduces the carbon footprint of consumers.

Australia generates about 76 million tonnes of waste every year, with about 27% per cent ending up in landfill, which generates and releases methane. The Waga Energy solution to this challenge is proven, simple, efficient and economically viable.

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About Viva Energy

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA) is one of Australia’s leading energy companies and supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s liquid fuel requirements. It is the exclusive supplier of high-quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia through an extensive network of more than 1,330 service stations across the country.

Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery in Victoria, and operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals and lubricants businesses supported by more than 20 terminals and 55 airports and airfields across the country.

About Waga Energy

Created in 2015 in Grenoble, France, Waga Energy has established itself over the course of six years as the major European player in the recovery of gas from waste storage sites into biomethane. An innovative company, Waga Energy has developed a purification technology that is unique in the world, combining membrane filtration and cryogenic distillation. Waga Energy finances, builds and operates its purification units, called WAGABOX®, under long-term partnerships with waste storage site operators, and generates income through the resale of biomethane. As of 31 July 2021, Waga Energy operates ten WAGABOX® units in France, with a maximum installed capacity of 225 GWh/year. Ten new units are currently under construction, including one in Spain and two in Canada.