Lescar : Inauguration of the connection of the Urban Heat Network

The connection of the Urban Heat Network of the Agglomeration Community to the Waste to Energy plant of Lescar was officially inaugurated this Monday, 2021, November 15th in Lescar.

Inauguration du raccordement du Réseau de Chaleur Urbain de la Communauté d’Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées à l’Unité de Valorisation Energétique de Lescar
From left to right, Monique Sémavoine, President of the Syndicat Mixte Valor Béarn, Claude Saint-Joly, Chairman and CEO of Urbaser Environnement, François Bayrou, President of the Communauté d'Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées and Mayor of Pau, Albert Perez, Director of Engie Solutions and Valérie Revel, Mayor of Lescar.

In the presence of Francois Bayrou, President of the Communauté d'Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées and Mayor of Pau, Monique Sémavoine, President of the Syndicat Mixte Valor Béarn, Valérie Revel, Mayor of Lescar, Albert Perez, Director of Engie Solutions, and Claude Saint-Joly, Chairman and CEO of Urbaser Environnement, the connection of the Urban Heat Network of the Agglomeration Community to the Waste to Energy plant of Lescar was officially inaugurated this Monday, 2021, November 15th in Lescar.

This connection represents a major technical step in the modernization of this facility, which was entrusted by Valor Béarn in 2020 to the Urbaser Group, as part of a Public Service Delegation contract, including the operation of the facility for a period of 20 years to the company Béarn Urbaser Energie, a subsidiary of Urbaser Environnement.

Thanks to the renovation of the Waste to Energy plant, which will be completed in 2023, the installation will allow the production of 40,000 MWh of electricity per year, i.e. the supply of electricity to nearly 7,000 housing equivalents, and the production of 62,000 MWh of heat per year, i.e. the supply of heating and hot water to approximately 9,000 housing equivalents, as well as the supply of heat to the new wastewater treatment plant of the Pau Bearn Pyrenees Agglomeration.

A new generation installation

François Bayrou expressed his deep satisfaction with the mobilization and involvement of both the “Communauté d'Agglomération” Pau Béarn Pyrénées and the Syndicat Valor Béarn around this project, which contributes concretely to the reduction of CO2 emissions, and provides an alternative energy supply to fossil fuels for heating and production of domestic hot water.

Monique Semavoine recalled that this project of modernization of the Waste to Energy plant of Lescar made it possible to transform this industrial tool into a new generation installation with very high energy performance, and congratulated the companies involved, in particular the company Béarn Urbaser Energie and the company Engie Solutions, operator of the Urban Heating Network, for their professionalism in the implementation of this connection.

Claude Saint-Joly insisted on the fact that at the end of the modernization works, the Waste to Energy plant, while meeting the strictest environmental requirements, will become a pillar of the transition towards a more efficient use of resources, and warmly thanked the President of Valor Béarn as well as all the elected officials for their confidence in the Urbaser group in the realization of this exemplary project.

About Urbaser Environnement

Urbaser Environnement, a subsidiary of the Urbaser Group (sales volume : 2,5 billion €, 40.000 employees) has become one of the key players in the French market for environmental services for local authorities. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of waste collection and cleaning, and in waste recovery through the design, construction and operation of household waste recovery units, Urbaser Environnement has become a key player in the French market.

Platinum Equity, a global investment firm based in Los Angeles with a growing portfolio of operating companies headquartered in Europe, acquired the Urbaser Group in October 2021. Platinum Equity’s operating capabilities, financial resources and commitment to supporting the business are expected to help Urbaser achieve it’s long-term objectives.

In order to support local authorities in the evolution of our businesses and their environmental, technical and regulatory components, Urbaser Environnement draws on its know-how in treatment engineering and in the field of urban waste management to design integrated and scalable solutions at the cutting edge of technology. The many French local authorities that have placed their trust in our activities, such as the Metropolises of Aix-Marseille Provence, Lille, Montpellier, Nantes, the Agglomerations of La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime), Marmande (Lot-et-Garonne), Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes) Greater Poitiers, the cities of Paris, the treatment syndicates of Varennes-Jarcy (Essonne), the Paris conurbation, Valor Béarn, Trifyl (Tarn), Chalosse (Landes), Calaisis (Pas-de-Calais), Trivalis (Vendée), Bil Ta Garbi (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), etc. , can testify to the quality and reliability of our services and the daily involvement of our teams in close contact with our clients.

The Urbaser group will achieve a turnover of 240 million euros in France in 2020 and employs more than 1,440 people.