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FortisBC selects Greenlane upgrading tech for Vancouver LFG project

Canada-headed biogas upgrading technology provider Greenlane Renewables Inc. (Greenlane) has recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd, has been awarded a CA$12.1 million contract by compatriot FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC), a subsidiary of gas and power utility Fortis Inc, for the supply of a biogas upgrading system for a new project at the Vancouver landfill in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Order fulfillment is expected to commence immediately.

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The City of Vancouver landfill in British Columbia (BC), Canada has a permit to accept up to 750 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) annually which is about 75% of the total MSW generated in Metro Vancouver. Greenlane Renewables Inc. via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd, has been awarded a CA$12.1 million contract by FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) for the supply of a biogas upgrading system for a project at the landfill (photo courtesy City of Vancouver).

According to a statement, Greenlane will supply its two-stage pressure swing adsorption (PSA) system to upgrade the landfill gas (LFG) to clean, low carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) for direct injection into FortisBC’s regional natural gas pipeline system.

Greenlane is proud to have been chosen by FortisBC as a key supplier in the City of Vancouver’s landfill gas-to-RNG project for the supply of our PSA biogas upgrading system. Greenlane’s continued success in winning supply contracts for complex projects is a testament to our people, proven track record, and comprehensive portfolio of biogas upgrading systems using the most compelling core technologies. We look forward to working yet again with FortisBC, an early mover in adopting RNG as low carbon and carbon-negative fuel to help decarbonize its natural gas supply commented Brad Douville, President, and CEO of Greenlane.

In 2018 the City of Vancouver reached an agreement with FortisBC to develop an upgrading plant at the landfill to convert excess LFG into RNG for the FortisBC pipeline thereby avoiding flaring.

Currently, around 28 percent of the collected LFG is used for on- and off-site heat and power production whereas the remainder approximately 65.4 million Nm3 is flared.

The agreement was approved in late 2019 by the BC Utilities Commission, and FortisBC subsequently completed design requirements for the upgrading plant RNG which is planned to be online in the first half of 2023.

Increasing the amount of RNG supply in our natural gas delivery system is an important driver in helping our customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, and this project will meaningfully increase that RNG supply. Greenlane’s expertise and experience in biogas upgrading is a welcome addition to this exciting project, said David Bennett, Director of Renewable Gas and Low Carbon Fuels with FortisBC.

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