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Bioenergy Network invests in two new projects

The BC Bioenergy Network is providing Terasen Gas with $200,000 in funding for each of two bioenergy projects in the province.


November 24, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

VANCOUVER: The BC Bioenergy Network is providing Terasen Gas with $200,000 in funding for each of two bioenergy projects in the province.

The BC Bioenergy Network, a provincially funded, industry led network supporting the province’s growing bioenergy sector, provided up to $200,000 or half the costs of a Terasen-led feasibility study looking at partnering with the City of Quesnel on an energy project.

It involves using an existing hog fuel-fired energy system at a West Fraser Timber sawmill; a proven low grade heat recovering system to generate electricity and heat; the sale of electricity to BC Hydro; a hot water distribution system for heat sales to 14 clients including the city; and back-up natural gas boilers.

If the project proceeds, West Fraser Timber will return the grant money.

The second project is a grant for a proposed biogas project awaiting British Columbia Utilities Commission approval, which would capture waste methane at the Columbia Shuswap Regional Districts landfill, upgrade it to pipeline quality natural gas, and deliver it to the existing Terasen Gas distribution system.

If approved, the facility would produce approximately 26,000 gigajoules of natural gas per year, enough to heat and provide hot water to almost 300 homes. It will also replace a portion of Terasen Gas’s traditional natural gas with biogas.

BCBN funding will also leverage Terasen’s investment in an upgrade system based on technology developed in BC by Xebec Absorption Inc., a Montreal-based clean tech company. Total project costs for the upgrading portion of the project are $1.35 million.

Terasen is a Vancouver-based energy company
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