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MaderaGas to convert wood waste into RNG in Texas

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Texas-based Harvest Midstream has formed a partnership with NOVUS Wood Group to convert wood waste into RNG.

The newly formed company, MaderaGas, will develop a greenfield facility near Houston to produce RNG on a commercial scale.

As currently planned, the MaderaGas plant will be comprised of 5 production trains, each of which will process 100,000 tons of wood waste annually into 1 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of RNG per year (1 million MMBtu), yielding a total of 5 Bcf (5 million MMBtu) of gas annually, if fully developed.

“Harvest is a company built on entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Jason Rebrook, Harvest’s CEO. “This project is a first of a kind and demonstrates our commitment to renewable energy and delivering energy resources that fuel American families and businesses.”

MaderaGas CEO, Bill Winters, commented: “The first plant could have the capacity to deliver meaningful quantities of RNG to market.

“Combining forces with a local experienced midstream partner like Harvest gives MaderaGas the capacity to develop not only this facility, but also future renewable opportunities as the industry grows. It is exciting to be on the leading edge of the energy transition.”

NOVUS is also in the process of finalising definitive agreements for RNG offtake and CO2 capture and sequestration. The technology for the project will be supplied largely by SunGas Renewables, a subsidiary of the Gas Technology Institute of Chicago. Black & Veatch has been engaged to provide engineering for the project.

NOVUS will provide all the wood waste feedstock to the project from its existing facility. Construction of Train 1 could begin in early 2023, with completion expected in 2024.