Denmark-based Nature Energy has bought land in Farnham, Quebec, to build its first-ever biogas plant in North America.
The facility will convert biomass from local farms, industry and institutions into renewable natural gas (RNG) for the Quebec grid.
“Our Danish facilities have allowed us to acquire unique expertise in the field of ecological transition,” said Ole Hvelplund, president and CEO of Nature Energy.
“With this acquisition in Quebec, we are now taking our expertise abroad, which will contribute to the green transition worldwide.”
Hvelplund said the company will work with farms of all sizes to turn their organic waste into RNG.
“Reducing the environmental impacts of human activity requires a global effort and we look forward to helping make a concrete difference in the green transition in Quebec by supplying RNG to the natural gas grid,” he said.
The plant is expected to produce 20 million cubic meters of climate-friendly RNG each year once it is operating in 2024. This corresponds to a reduction of 80,000 tons of CO2.
Nature Energy will spend approximately $100 million to build the plant on a 10.8 hectare site in Farnham. The construction phase will create more than 200 jobs, and the plant will employ 15 once it is in operation.
“The fight against climate change is our common responsibility and today I am proud that Farnham is part of the solution, with a project that will have concrete results right here. The biogas plant will directly benefit local farmers, in addition to positioning our region as a leader in this field in Quebec. I hope that our example will inspire others to adopt the same solution,” said Farnham mayor Patrick Melchior.
Nature Energy plans to establish other plants in Canada.
Based in Denmark, Nature Energy operates 11 industrial size biogas plants producing one third of all biomethane in the Danish gas grid. By 2023, Nature Energy will completer two large scale biogas plants on the Danish grid.