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Shell starts RNG production at Oregon facility

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Shell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, is now producing RNG at its first US biomethane facility – Shell New Energies Junction City in Oregon.

The facility utilises locally sourced cow manure and excess agricultural residues to produce around 736,000 MMBtu a year of RNG. This milestone is part of a growing portfolio of developing RNG production and distribution assets supporting low-carbon intensity R-CNG as fuel for heavy-duty, on-road transport.

“Biomethane has a significant role to play in the energy transition, and this achievement advances our strategy as we work to reduce emissions from the fuels and other energy products we sell,” said Carlos Maurer, executive vice-president of sectors and decarbonisation at Shell.

“We are excited to offer renewable compressed natural gas as a low-carbon fuel choice for our customers.”

Shell is developing additional RNG production facilities to be located directly within operating dairies. Shell Downstream Galloway at the High Plains Ponderosa Dairy in Kansas and Shell Downstream Bovarius at the Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho are part of this expanding portfolio using cow manure as feedstock. Together, these two facilities can produce approximately 900,000 MMBtu a year of negative carbon intensity RNG.

Production from Shell New Energies Junction City, Shell Downstream Galloway and Shell Downstream Bovarius is expected to help supply Shell R-CNG fuelling sites planned at the company’s product distribution complexes in Carson, Van Nuys, Signal Hill, and San Jose, California, and a terminal in Portland, owned by Shell Midstream Partners.