Through Arnaud Héroult
“For ten days on attack the earthworks. Three years after the authorization to operate a methanization unit in Biéville-Beuville (Calvados), the construction site entered its active phase in October 2021.
In June 2021, along the road from Caen to Lion-sur-Mer, where a new roundabout (that of the Grosse Devise in Colleville-Montgomery is built), a first phase consisted of removing land for studies of soils. “As with all industrial constructions,” explains Patrick Dechaufour who, along with five other farmers, lead the Agri Métha Nacre project. “Soundings were carried out to test the resistance of the future structure. Archaeological excavations had developed two years ago. “
At the moment, construction machinery is busy building the roads and the foundations of the tanks. On this 3 ha site, 2 hangars, 3 tanks and a storage area will be created.
“It takes a year of construction”, estimates Patrick Dechaufour who hopes “for commissioning at the end of 2022.”
The site in 6 dates
April 9, 2018. Opinion of the regional environmental authority mission.
June 4, 2018. Start of the public inquiry.
December 11, 2018. The Prefect of Calvados authorizes the company Agri Métha Nacre to operate a methanization unit in Biéville-Beuville.
November 5, 2020. The administrative court of Caen rejects the appeal against the construction of the unit.
June 2021. First dig for the construction of the unit.
December 2022. Start of operation.
Legal actions against the unit are still pending, but they cannot block the construction site.
One of the two appeals led by the Regional Group of Environmental Protection Associations (GRAPE), which contests the environmental authorization (State) and the display of the building permit “has not been followed up”, explains Patrick Dechaufour. For the other “in the summer of 2021, the president of the administrative court requested a stay of proceedings to have additional elements. As for the appeal of the mayor of Saint-Contest, who does not want a digestate pit, the investigation continues.
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