EverGen, Canada’s renewable natural gas (RNG) infrastructure platform, has acquired Fraser Valley Biogas in British Columbia.
Fraser Valley Biogas has been in operation since 2011 and is the ‘original’ RNG project in western Canada; it was also the first project to produce RNG into FortisBC’s network. The facility combines anaerobic digestion and biogas upgrading to produce RNG, primarily by converting agricultural waste from local dairy farms.
FortisBC operates the interconnection facility at Fraser Valley Biogas, monitoring gas quality and connecting this source of RNG to its customers. The facility produces over 80,000 gigajoules (GJ) of RNG annually – enough to heat around 1,000 homes for one year. EverGen plans to expand the project, boosting RNG production to over 125,000 GJ per year.
“There is a significant gap in renewable infrastructure across Canada, and EverGen’s aim is to remedy that,” said EverGen’s co-founder and CEO, Chase Edgelow.
“Our acquisition of Fraser Valley Biogas is consistent with our focus on acquiring and building out RNG and sustainable waste-to-energy projects. In the case of Fraser Valley Biogas, we’ll be enhancing and optimising an existing RNG project to ensure it will be a reliable solution for organic waste and source of renewable energy well into the future.”
As a by-product of its operations, Fraser Valley Biogas produces an organic liquid fertiliser for use on surrounding farms. Some of these farms have been displacing synthetic fertiliser for more than 10 years.
“This is a perfect illustration of what we mean when we talk about the circular economy,” said Edgelow. “By taking in agricultural waste from local dairy farms, we’re helping those farms reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
“In processing this waste into biogas, we create a nutrient-rich fertiliser that those same farmers can use to enhance the quality of their soils. Combating climate change while helping local communities become more sustainable is all part of EverGen’s vision.”
With this acquisition, Fraser Valley Biogas becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of EverGen. The move opens the door to ‘operational synergies’ with the organisation’s existing projects – Net Zero Waste Abbotsford and Sea to Sky Soils in Pemberton. Both facilities accept municipal organic waste and recycle it into soil amendments and Class A compost.