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Waga Energy launches Canada’s first renewable gas project


Environment

April 19, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Waga Energy, the Mauricie Residual Materials Management Board (RGMRM) and Énergir are joining forces to launch a renewable natural gas (RNG) injection project at the Saint-Étienne-des-Grés landfill site, and will be operational as of 2022.

The Wagabox technology that will be used for this project allows landfill site operators to recover the gas emanating from these sites in the form RNG, also known as biomethane.

Waga Energy will purchase the gas produced by waste products from the RGMRM for a twenty-year period. To recover it, the company will build a treatment unit on the site, using its Wagabox patented technology.

Énergir will purchase RNG production from Waga Energy, contributing to achieving the Quebec government’s objective of introducing a 10 per cent share of renewable gas into the network by 2030.

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“Thanks to the Wagabox solution, hundreds of landfill sites across the United States and Canada will be able to produce renewable natural gas, contribute to the energy transition and generate a new revenue stream, without the need for investment or additional operating constraints,” Mathieu Lefebvre, President and Co-Founder, Waga Energy.

The Wagabox unit will treat up to 3,400 cubic metres of gas and produce 468,000 gigajoules of RNG per year, which is the equivalent to the annual consumption of 8,000 Quebec households. Its operationalization will prevent 23,000 tones of CO2e emissions each year.