Albioma, notre nature est pleine d'énergie

Nos chiffres clés
million tonnes
Total installed capacity in 2017
Total electricity generated in 2017
Number of employees who put their skills to work every day around the Group to generate cleaner, more efficient energy
Total quantity of biomass recovered for energy generation in 2017, enough to fill in the Stade de France 7 times!

Our history

20 years of industrial innovation made us establish a unique position in the renewable energies market.

1982-1989: The coal years

A government initiative born out of the economic necessities generated by successive oil crises lead to the creation by Groupe Charbonnages de France of SIDEC (Société Industrielle pour le Développement de l’Énergie Charbon – Coal Energy Industrial Development Company) to help industrial companies reduce the hydrocarbon content of the energy mix by enabling them to benefit from installations delivering optimum efficiency and environmental performance.
We build our first cogeneration plants to generate power and heat on around 30 industrial sites in the agribusiness, chemicals, car manufacturing, tyre manufacturing and paper making sectors.


1989-2003: The beginnings of our bagasse/coal cogeneration business

In 1992, the Group commissions its first hybrid bagasse/coal-fuelled cogeneration plant (62 MW) at Bois-Rouge on the island of La Réunion, which represents a global innovation. This plant provides its neighbouring sugar processing plant with a solution that improves its energy supply position, at the same time as maximising the recovery and recycling of its bagasse by-product.
The success of this project attracts the attention of Air Liquide subsidiary company Séchilienne, which takes an equity stake in SIDEC in 1994, and gradually acquires a majority holding that leads to the companies merging in 2001 to create Séchilienne-Sidec.
The same formula proves equally successful at Le Gol in La Réunion (64 MW) in 1995, Le Moule in Guadeloupe (64 MW) in 1998 and Belle Vue in Mauritius (70 MW) in 2000.


The group enters the wind and photovoltaic power markets

In 2004, the Group enters the wind power market in mainland France with an initial 37.5 MW installation at Haute-Lys in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, which is later sold in 2007.
In 2005, Air Liquide sells its equity holding to our current major shareholder Financière Hélios, which is controlled by Apax Partners and Altamir Amboise.
The Group continues to grow in the thermal biomass market and progressively commissions:

  • a second (46 MW) phase of the Bois-Rouge facility in La Réunion in 2004,
  • a new (30 MW) plant at Saint-Aubin, Mauritius in 2005,
  • a second (58 MW) phase at Le Gol in La Réunion in 2006,
  • two further phases (each of 45 MW) at Savanah, Mauritius in 2007.


Also in 2007, the Group commissions its first (40 MW) plant to use a combustion turbine fuelled by domestic heating oil at Le Galion in Martinique to meet peak demand and provide a backup power source for the distribution network. The installed base of solar power facilities continues to grow in the Indian Ocean, the French West Indies, French Guiana, mainland France and southern Europe (Spain and Italy), as for wind farms (almost all of which are in mainland France), increasing the total installed power figures to approximately 70 MW for solar power and 56 MW for wind power.
In 2011, the Group commissions the (38 MW) Caraïbes Énergie coal-fuelled conventional power generating plant at Le Moule in Guadeloupe.


Since 2012: Priority on biomass and solar power

In January 2012, the General Meeting of shareholders approves the new strategy focused on recovering energy from biomass, with a complementary offer within solar power.
In May 2012, the Group took control of Methaneo, who specialises in developing local, regional and agricultural anaerobic digestion units in mainland France. Its first project, TIPER Méthanisation, started operating in September 2013, then CAPTER in January 2014 and finally SAINTER in February 2015.
Having refocused on its core business, the Group sells its wind power business to EDF Énergies Nouvelles under the terms of a beneficial deal at the beginning of 2013.
On May 30, 2013, Séchilienne-Sidec shareholders have agreed on a plan to change the name of the Group to Albioma, as well as a new identity to support the strategy and growth of our core business through high-performance energy recovery from biomass (primarily bagasse) and to promote our international ambitions.