TC Energy Corp. has teamed up with GreenGasUSA to develop a network of transportation hubs for renewable natural gas (RNG).
These transportation hubs would provide centralized access to existing energy transportation infrastructure for RNG sources, such as farms, wastewater treatment facilities and landfills. The two companies announced a strategic collaboration on April 25. The transportation hubs would be used for other natural gas sources, as well.
GreenGasUSA is an owner and operator of RNG assets. As part of the collaboration, the company will originate RNG, which is the product of the decomposition of organic matter, condition the gas to pipeline quality and transport it to the RNG hub. This is underpinned by firm transportation contracts with TC Energy for the transport of RNG.
TC Energy will build, own and operate the RNG transportation hubs, developing critical steps towards the acceleration of methane capture projects and thus the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. TC Energy’s experience in transporting RNG in the United States dates to back 2005.
There are currently 10 RNG interconnects across TC Energy’s U.S. natural gas footprint with plans to rapidly expand and provide more capability before the end of the year.
The anticipated benefits of this collaboration include:
- Reducing GHG emissions by providing cost-effective market access to RNG developers.
- Increasing equitable participation of diverse biogas sources in renewable energy markets.
- Increasing energy resilience and independence with an emphasis on natural gas and renewables.
- Offering customers more innovative solutions, economic viability and carbon-neutral energy opportunities.
Combining TC Energy’s energy distribution network with GreenGasUSA’s extensive experience in gas compression, compressed natural gas (CNG) transportation and pipeline injection is expected to further increase methane capture and increase the use of renewable fuels within the energy mix.
“As we continue to find innovative energy solutions for current and future customers, we value strategic collaboration opportunities like this one with GreenGasUSA to transport renewable natural gas,” said Stanley G. Chapman III, TC Energy executive vice president and president, U.S. & Mexico Natural Gas. “We have embraced the growing role of RNG in our industry and continue to explore ways to optimize our existing U.S. pipeline system in a collaborative, safe and sustainable manner.”
These transportation hubs are expected to be under development in several states along TC Energy’s 32,700-mile U.S. natural gas pipeline system within the next four years. The first hub is targeted for in service in the second quarter of 2023.
“We’re pleased to partner with TC Energy to develop these RNG hubs,” said Marc Fetten, owner of GreenGasUSA. “These are key steps to making the planet greener by connecting sources of renewable gas to energy consumers that are serious about decarbonization and displacing fossil fuels.”Tags: GreenGasUSA, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), stakeholder collaboration, TC Energy