Xebec lands historic order for biogas upgrading systems

Xebec has signed a master service agreement (MSA) with a major US RNG dairy farm project developer, representing a huge increase in demand for its biogas upgrading equipment for use in processing animal manure.

Under the agreement, Xebec will provide an initial 18 BGX Biostream™ units, with the potential for additional orders under the same MSA.

This represents the largest single unit order Xebec has received to date for Biostream and the largest number of systems ever awarded in North America for dairy farm biogas upgrading projects.

As a result of the MSA and additional orders, Xebec has started the production of 30 Biostream units for deliver over the next year. The firm’s increased manufacturing requirements are, in part, supported by the recently announced acquisition of Tennessee-based Nortec.

Xebec’s Canadian manufacturing facility is being modified and is expected to allow for the annual production of around 30-40 Biostream units. Additionally, the firm is exploring new capacity in the US as more purchase orders are signed.

“This is fantastic validation of our new Biostream product that is focused on animal manure feedstocks,” said Kurt Sorschak, chairman and CEO of president of Xebec Adsorption.

“The team has worked hard over the last two years to develop this containerise system which offers many benefits.

“This MSA shows the strong value proposition developers and farmers see in our products, as they accelerate the development of carbon-negative RNG production. We are proud to be playing such an important role in this energy transition and look forward to ramping up our production capacity.”

The American Biogas Council estimates that 8,574 dairy, poultry, and pig farms are ‘primed’ for biogas and RNG production. Biostream is estimated to cover more than 80% of these animal manure use cases with multiple standardised configurations which range in capacity between 50 to 840 standard cubic feet per minute.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency AgSTAR project database, as of May, there are 333 operational and under construction digester projects that accept livestock manure. The majority (around 82%) of these projects are at dairy farms, and the rest are at pig or poultry farms. Of the 333 biogas projects, around 98 of them are producing RNG for the local CNG transportation market, or injection into the local pipeline.

Xebec said it continues to see a ‘positive and accelerating backdrop’ for the RNG industry as organisations and governments globally aim to manage organic waste more effectively and decarbonise the energy supply, transport, and industry.

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