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New biogas facility to be built in Québec

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Canadian firm XEBEC ADSORPTION, a global provider of clean energy solutions, has signed an agreement with Bähler Biogas to develop a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility.

The new integrated facility, to be constructed in Québec, will process various organic wastes for the production of RNG and biofertilisers. It will process more than 45,000 tonnes of organic waste annually using anaerobic digestion. The resulting biogas will be upgraded into RNG via a turnkey biogas upgrading equipment package supplied by Xebec.

Around 150,000 gigajoules (GJ) of RNG and 7,500 tonnes of biofertiliser will be produced annually at the Quebec facility. The companies will sell the RNG under a 20-year off-take agreement at a fixed rate per GJ and the biofertiliser will be sold and distributed to farmers.

Claude-Bernard Levesque, CEO of Bähler Biogas, said: “We are proud to team up with a strategic partner like Xebec to build this state-of-the-art industrial facility and lead the market for a true total life cycle solution for waste valorisation.”

“It is great to finally see our first BOO project move forward,” said Kurt Sorschak, president and CEO of Xebec. “It showcases how local partners can come together to create a community-based sustainable waste solution for a true circular economy.

“Renewable natural gas presents a unique opportunity to both divert organic waste from landfills and produce a valuable source of clean energy to displace fossil natural gas and create a biofertiliser for farmers. Xebec plans to be a valuable technology provider and financial partner in the waste-to-RNG space in Canada.”

The project’s capital expenditures of around $28 million (€25.9 million) will be financed through equity from its development partners, non-recourse debt and a potential grant from Québec’s PTMOBC programme. The plant is expected to be commissioned in early 2021.