Waste Connections of Canada, with the support of Enbridge Gas, has unveiled plans to build a new RNG facility in Ontario, Canada.
The facility will be constructed at the Waste Connections Ridge Landfill in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The RNG will flow through new and existing Enbridge Gas infrastructure to transport it to market.
Waste Connections will invest over $50 million (€59 million) to develop the proposed Ridge RNG facility. The plant will capture landfill gas generated by decomposing waste and transform it into low-carbon RNG. From there, the RNG will be injected Enbridge Gas’s local natural gas distribution system that supplies gas to homes and businesses.
The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 110,000 tonnes annually. The green energy produced will be enough to heat over 18,000 Ontario homes every year – or approximately 40% of homes in Chatham-Kent.
“Waste Connections’s commitment to sustainability through significant investment in facilities like this enables the company to provide consumers with a reliable source of RNG,” said Dan Pio, president of Waste Connections of Canada.
“Waste Connections operates eight of these RNG facilities including one of the largest in North America. We’re proud to reduce emissions in excess of 110,000 tonnes of GHG per year in the municipality of Chatham-Kent.”
This significant investment will support Ontario’s economic recovery and unlock the potential for local clean energy production when it is needed most. Enbridge’s experienced pipeline contractors will use many local resources to build the plant and pipeline. It is estimated that the RNG facility would create close to 50 development and construction jobs as well as several highly skilled permanent operational jobs.
Darrin Caniff, Mayor of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, commented: “The $50 million (€59 million) investment into our community is very important from an economic standpoint as are the 50 jobs that will be created.
“The fact that the project involves using technology to convert what is essentially a waste by-product into a gas that will heat our homes and reduce our GHG emissions makes it even better.
“This type of development represents the best of both worlds and puts Chatham-Kent at the leading edge of energy transition.”