First dairy manure to RNG facility in Oregon, US celebrates opening

Canadian biofuels firm Iogen Corporation has congratulated Threemile Canyon Farms and Equilibrium for the successful opening of the only dairy manure renewable natural gas production facility in Oregon, US.

The facility, located near Boardman in Oregon, uses manure from 33,000 dairy cows to feed an anaerobic digestion (AD) system, followed by a biogas clean-up system that injects RNG into the grid.

The RNG produced at the facility is used as a transport fuel, helping to eliminate around 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually – equivalent to removing 28,000 cars from the road. According to Iogen, the $55 million project started injecting RNG into the grid in July 2019 and is already being used as a transport fuel in California.

Iogen provided the project with a structured RNG offtake agreement that helped boost project returns with risk boundaries, according to the firm. “When our farm recently converted our methane digester to produce RNG, Iogen’s industry experience and long-term business relationships were pivotal to the project’s success,” said Marty Myers, general manager for Threemile Canyon Farms.

“This project was significant because it further demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship and takes our regenerative farming philosophy to the next level. Iogen’s technical knowledge and expertise added considerable value to the project.”

Converting waste manure into RNG is beneficial to both farmers and the environment. Utilising AD not only reduces farms’ methane emissions but also produces a natural fertiliser to enrich the soil for growing organic crops.  Raimund Grube of Equilibrium added: “Equilibrium’s water, waste and energy investment team is pleased to be working with Threemile Canyon Farms and Iogen on this project.

“This project is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, serving a dairy that is committed to sustainable and best-in-class operations. Both Iogen and Threemile Canyon Farms are leaders in their industry with the deep experience and proven capabilities that we seek in all of our partners.”

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