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.
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.
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.
Vermilion established a 30-year partnership in La Teste de Buch to provide free heat for an eco-neighborhood made up of 550 homes.
This eco-neighborhood – 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.
Since 2018 Vermilion is contributing to the realization of a project to build a social eco-neighborhood 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-neighborhood that respects the principles of sustainable development.
Other initiatives are being studied to develop the energy potential of each site.
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