In the United States (US), NW Natural, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon (OR) based gas distribution company Northwest Natural Holding Company, and BioCarbN LLC, a developer, and operator of environmental infrastructure projects, have announced the start of production at a second renewable natural gas (RNG) facility, as part of an innovative project partnership with Tyson Foods Inc.
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This second RNG (aka biomethane) facility is located in Dakota City, Nebraska (NE), with NW Natural investing approximately US$12 million to convert methane captured from the facility’s operations into RNG to heat homes and businesses.
The first project began at Tyson’s Lexington, Nebraska operations in January 2022.
At full capacity, the two projects combined are expected to produce about 240 000 MMBtu (≈ 6.43 million Nm3) of RNG each annually.
Each project like this contributes meaningful carbon reductions on behalf of our customers and moves us toward achieving our shared climate goals. We’re aggressively pursuing additional opportunities, so we can increase our use of renewables over time, said David H. Anderson, President and CEO of NW Natural.
NW Natural is working toward procuring RNG equivalent to 5 percent of its Oregon sales volume in 2024 and 6 percent in 2025 as part of the company’s voluntary targets.
These investments are made possible through the landmark RNG law, Oregon Senate Bill 98, which supports renewable energy procurement and investment by natural gas utilities.
Partners for these projects include BioCarbN, an Idaho-based developer and operator of renewable energy projects, and Miron Construction Co., Inc., a Wisconsin-based design-build and construction company.
These projects are also made possible through pipeline interconnections with local gas distribution systems — MidAmerican Energy in Dakota City, and Black Hills Energy in Lexington.