France: Tomato harvest starts in 17-ha greenhouse complex near Mont Saint-Michel

France imports a significant volume of tomatoes every year to meet consumer demand. The production of new greenhouses dedicated to the French favourite vegetable is thus a good piece of news. CMF Cultures, the division specialized in the construction of cultivation and research greenhouses for the horticultural and vegetable growing sectors of CMF Groupe (based in Varades, Loire-Atlantique, France) has recently built a 17-hectare tomato greenhouse, with a cultivation volume that will produce 10,000 t tomatoes per year.

CMF delivers turnkey project in 8 months
CMF together with its partner Havecon Horticultural Projects, were chosen to construct a Venlo greenhouse equipped with an advanced irrigation system, modern packaging hall, 3 state-of-the-art CHP systems, and a technical hall covering boiler room and electrical equipment. The high-tech diffusing glass provides better light distribution, guarantee temperature control and optimize yields.

Brief project specifications

  • Irrigation room, with an area of 3,360 m2
  • Packaging hall including a cold storage room, with an area of 4,725 m2
  • 12 MW boiler coupled with three CHP (combined heat and power) systems. The CHP systems generate 12 MW electricity, and two 1,500 m3 heat storage tanks allow to cut energy consumption.

The project was delivered to the client at the end of February 2019. 

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