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Xebec signs first set of task orders for Brightmark RNG venture

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Xebec has signed the first set of task orders under an agreement with Brightmark RNG Holdings to provide 18 BGX-Biostream™ units.

The master service agreement signed with Brightmark RNG, a joint venture between Brightmark and Chevron U.S.A., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, will see the units used to produce and market dairy biomethane.

These first task orders represent the single largest Biostream unit commitment Xebec has received to date and validates the product’s value proposition from a top US dairy RNG developer, the company said.

Biostream’s containerised and modular design makes it a one-of-a-kind offering for the North American agriculture industry as farmers look to maximise revenue and gain peace of mind with the support of Xebec’s local Cleantech Service Network. The 18 units are expected to be deployed across 10 dairy projects in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and South Dakota.

“Alongside our partners at Chevron, Brightmark plans to increase our RNG production ten-fold over the next four years,” said Bob Powell, CEO and founder of Brightmark.

“As the most carbon-negative fuel on a lifecycle basis available on the market today, RNG is an essential tool in our global efforts to combat climate change, and to do that, we have to establish strong partnerships with companies like Xebec that share our vision for this sector’s tremendous advancement opportunities.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s AgSTAR project database, as of May 2021, there are 333 operational and under construction digester projects that accept livestock manure. The majority (around 82%) of the manure-based digester 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 CNG transportation market.

“We are excited to be the biogas upgrading technology provider to such a high-profile partnership within the RNG industry,” said Kurt Sorschak, chairman, CEO and president of Xebec Adsorption.

“Dairy-based RNG continues to be an important vertical because of its ability to reduce emissions from agriculture, support local communities and recycle nutrients.

“In addition, dairy-based RNG has the potential to generate higher returns compared to other renewable gas projects such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants and source-separated organics facilities.”