US energy infrastructure company, TC Energy, and GreenGasUSA have joined forces to explore the development of a network of natural gas transportation hubs, including RNG.
The hubs would provide centralised access to existing energy transportation infrastructure for RNG sources, such as farms, wastewater treatment facilities, and landfills.
As part of this strategic collaboration, GreenGasUSA will originate RNG, condition the gas to pipeline quality, and transport it to the RNG hub. This is underpinned by firm transportation contracts with TC Energy.
TC Energy will build, own, and operate the hubs, developing critical steps towards the acceleration of methane capture projects and, therefore, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The company has been transporting RNG in the US since 2005. There are currently 10 RNG interconnects across TC Energy’s US natural gas footprint, with plans to rapidly expand and provide more capability before the end of the year.
The transportation hubs are expected to be under development in several states along TC Energy’s 32,700-mile US natural gas pipeline system within the next four years. The first hub is expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2023.
“As we continue to find innovative energy solutions for current and future customers, we value strategic collaboration opportunities like this one with GreenGasUSA to transport RNG,” said Stanley Chapman III, TC Energy’s executive vice-president and president, US & Mexico Natural Gas.
“We have embraced the growing role of RNG in our industry and continue to explore ways to optimise our existing US pipeline system in a collaborative, safe, and sustainable manner.”
Marc Fetten, owner of GreenGasUSA, commented: “We’re pleased to partner with TC Energy to develop these hubs. These are key steps to making the planet greener by connecting sources of renewable gas-to-energy consumers that are serious about decarbonisation and displacing fossil fuels.”