Gaz Métro to buy Saint-Hyacinthe’s green natural gas

Biomethanation centre will supply up to 13 million cubic metres in 20-year deal.

SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — Saint-Hyacinthe and Gaz Métro have concluded a draft agreement for the purchase of renewable natural gas produced in the city’s biomethanation centre.

Energy provider Gaz Métro will purchase up to 13 million cubic metres of renewable natural gas per year for a 20-year period, which it will distribute through an infrastructure it will build.

Saint-Hyacinthe is Québec’s first city to turn organic matter into biomethane. It began collecting organic waste in 2007 and has been treating sludge from wastewater through biomethanation since 2010.

This fall, the city will be collecting organic waste from its brown bin programs in the Les Maskoutains and Acton RCMs. The bin contents will also be processed at the anaerobic digestion plant in Saint-Hyacinthe. The city is also recycling organic matter from local agri-food businesses.

The $48 million project, which includes subsidies from the federal and provincial governments, will be fully operational by 2016-17 and is expected to turn an annual profit, including savings of $500,000 in fuel and heating costs for municipal buildings and vehicles.

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