The City of Saint-Hyacinthe and √Čnergir to offer renewable natural gas

January 29, 2018. The City of Saint-Hyacinthe confirmed today that its biomethanation plant has entered full service, along with the injection of the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced there into Énergir's network. This step marks the culmination of an investment project totaling $80 million, $42.2 million of which comes from the Government of Québec and $11.4 million from the Government of Canada. The City of Saint-Hyacinthe rounded out the financing with a contribution of nearly $27 million.

   This is the first municipal biomethanation project in Québec, and the renewable natural gas from it will be injected into the Énergir network. For its part, L'Oréal Canada—whose production and distribution centers in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montréal are carbon-neutral—is becoming Énergir's first customer to purchase RNG produced in Saint-Hyacinthe.

   The Saint-Hyacinthe biomethanation plant will produce 13 million m3 of RNG per year. The biomethanation complex's full entry into service will make it possible to recycle nearly 200.000 tones of organic waste from 25 towns and agrifood businesses in the region, which will lead to an annual emissions reduction of 49.000 tones of GHGs. Using RNG, L'Oréal Canada will each year avoid emitting more than 2.100 tones of GHGs into the atmosphere.

   The announcement resulted from a 2014 framework agreement in which the City of Saint-Hyacinthe committed to inject surplus RNG produced at the biomethanation plant beyond that consumed by the City into Énergir's network for a minimum period of 20 years. The City uses the RNG for heating its municipal buildings and to fuel its fleet of vehicles that run on natural gas.