Nature Energy acquires land for biogas plant in Quebec

Danish company Nature Energy has acquired land in Farnham, Quebec, to build its first-ever biogas plant in North America.

The large-scale facility will convert biomass from local agricultural production, industry and institutions into RNG for the Quebec grid. The plant is expected to produce 20 million m3 of RNG, corresponding to a reduction of 80,000 tons of CO2.

“It’s fantastic that our ambitions to contribute to the ecological transition with farmers, businesses and the community beyond Denmark’s borders are being realised here in Quebec,” said Ole Hvelplund, president and CEO of Nature Energy.

“Our Danish facilities have allowed us to acquire unique expertise in the field of ecological transition. With this acquisition in Quebec, we are now taking our expertise abroad, which will contribute to the green transition worldwide.”

The company said it is looking forward to working with agricultural producers in the region, regardless of the size of their operation. The use of organic biomass, such as manure and slurry, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing consumers with a clean source of energy.

In addition to adding value to biomass produced by agriculture, industries, businesses and institutions, Nature Energy’s project represents an investment of approximately $100 million that will create more than 200 jobs during the plant’s construction phase and 15 permanent jobs once it is in operation.

Farnham Mayor Patrick Melchior commented: “The fight against climate change is our common responsibility and today I am proud that Farnham is part of the solution, with a project that will have concrete results right here.

“The biogas plant will directly benefit local farmers, in addition to positioning our region as a leader in this field in Quebec. I hope that our example will inspire others to adopt the same solution.”

Nature Energy expects to be able to distribute its green gas by the end of 2024.

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