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Vermilion develops eco-friendly partnerships

As part of its sustainable development policy, Vermilion is developing high value-added partnerships for the communities that are close to the oil fields we operate.

Eco-greenhouses of Parentis-en-Born (Landes - Aquitaine Basin) 

Vermilion established a 25-year partnership in 2008 with Tom d’Aqui, an agricultural cooperative and member of the Rougeline group, to provide free heat for 15 hectares of horticultural greenhouses in Parentis-en-Born. The heat is exchanged from water that is a byproduct of our oil production process. This partnership has allowed the creation of an economically and ecologically viable greenhouse complex in which to grow tomatoes.

Today, the greenhouse produces 7,500 tons of tomatoes every year, creates 250 local jobs, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 tons per year. 

How does it work?

  • The Vermilion oil production on the Parentis concession comprises oil, gas and naturally heated water around 60 ° C. 
  • After the separation of these 3 products from the subsurface, the hot water enters a closed circuit where a heat exchanger transfers the heat energy to a second closed circuit belonging to Tom d'Aqui (the waters contained in these two systems never come into contact). 
  • The second closed circuit heats Tom d'Aqui greenhouses located next to the Parentis battery. 
  • Vermilion reuses the extracted water by re-injecting it into the subsurface to maintain pressure and continue production. 
  • The success of this ecological, societal and economic project, which takes advantage of a previously unused energy resource, has led to the extension and implantation of other ecosystems nearby. In less than 10 years: 
    1.  4 greenhouses built (27Ha) 
    2.  35 million euros invested in rural areas 
    3.  15 000 tons per year of tomatoes produced 
    4.  15 000 tons of CO² saved each year
    5.  350 tertiary jobs created 

As a result of this project, Vermilion and Tom d’Aqui have received:  

  • Circular economy prize for industrial and regional ecology in December 2013 from the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Philippe Martin.

  • Among the 3 winners in the Renewable Energies category of the Energy Transition Trophy of l'Usine Nouvelle magazine in May 2015.

Schéma de la valorisation des calories de l’eau issues du processus de production sur le dépôt de Parentis-en-Born (Landes – Nouvelle-Aquitaine). Serres de tomates de Tom d’Aqui à Parentis-en-Born (Landes – Nouvelle-Aquitiane).
 
Eco-district of La Teste-de-Buch (Gironde - Aquitaine Basin) 

Vermilion established a 30-year partnership in La Teste de Buch to provide free heat for an eco-district made up of 550 homes.

This eco-district – the area’s first – was built on the site of a former hospital and supported by institutional (Townhall - Domofrance), industrial (Engie - Vermilion) and real estate (Pichet), partners. The project embodies the shared desire to create a functional living space, evolving and integrated into its natural environment, which values the heritage and resources of the area.

Vermilion provides 80% of the energy needed to heat these homes by recovering the heat energy from the water from its oil production process near the site (previously this "secondary " energy was not used).   

The remaining 20% is provided by alternative solutions such as biomass gas using a pellet boiler.

How does it work? 

  • The Vermilion oil production on the Cazaux concession comprises oil, gas and naturally heated water around 65 °C.
  • After the separation of these 3 products from the subsurface, the hot water enters a closed circuit where a heat exchanger transfers the heat energy into a second closed circuit belonging to the eco-district (the waters contained in these two systems never come into contact).
  • The second closed circuit heats the eco-district located next to the Cazaux battery.
  • Vermilion reuses the extracted water by re-injecting it into the subsurface to maintain pressure and continue production.

Les portes du Pyla

Schéma de la valorisation des calories de l’eau issues du processus de production sur le dépôt de Cazaux (Gironde – Nouvelle-Aquitaine). Eco-quartier les Portes du Pyla à la Teste-de-Buch (Gironde – Nouvelle-Aquitaine).
 
Itteville Eco-district (Essonne - Paris Basin) 

Since 2018 Vermilion is contributing to the realization of a project to build a social eco-district in Itteville (Essonne) where 900 homes and other existing or future structures will benefit from our free heat via our oil production’s geothermal energy. This will begin in 2019/2020 and continuing as long as we produce oil in this municipality.

The municipality of Itteville wanted to develop its residential district with a social aspect, while also contributing to the energy transition. The result is an urban social eco-district that respects the principles of sustainable development.

How does it work?

  • The Vermilion oil production on the Itteville concession comprises oil, gas and naturally heated water around 64 °C.
  • After the separation of these 3 products from the subsurface, the hot water enters a closed circuit where a heat exchanger transfers the heat energy into a second closed circuit belonging to the eco-district (the waters contained in these two systems never come into contact).
  • The second closed circuit heats the eco-district located next to the Itteville battery.
  • Vermilion reuses the extracted water by re-injecting it into the subsurface to maintain pressure and continue production.
 

Schéma de la valorisation des calories de l’eau issues de la production sur le dépôt d’Itteville (Essonne – Île-de-France).

Other initiatives are being studied to develop the energy potential of each site. 


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