TC Energy Corporation (TC Energy) and GreenGasUSA have announced a strategic collaboration to explore the development of a network of natural gas transportation hubs, including RNG.
These transportation hubs would provide centralised access to existing energy-transportation infrastructure for renewable natural gas sources, such as farms, wastewater treatment facilities and landfills.
As part of this collaboration, GreenGasUSA 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 RNG transport.
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 US dates to 2005. There are 10 RNG interconnects across TC Energy’s US 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 vast energy distribution network with GreenGasUSA’s extensive experience in gas compression, compressed natural gas (CNG) transportation and pipeline injection is expected to increase methane capture further and increase the use of renewable fuels within the energy mix.
These transportation hubs are expected to be under development in several states and TC Energy’s 32,700-mile US Natural Gas pipeline system within the next four years. The first hub is targeted for in-service in the second quarter of 2023.
“As we continue to find innovative energy solutions for current and future customers, we value strategic collaboration opportunities with GreenGasUSA to transport renewable natural gas,” said Stanley G. Chapman III, TC Energy’s Executive Vice President and President, US & Mexico Natural Gas. “We have embraced the growing role of RNG in our industry and continue to explore ways to optimise our existing US pipeline system in a collaborative, safe and sustainable manner.”
“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 decarbonisation and displacing fossil fuels.”