Waga Energy will produce biomethane at the Cowansville landfill site in Québec, Canada.

The purification technology company today (17th June) said that it has inked a contract with the Brome-Missisquoi Intermunicipal Waste Management Board (RIGMRBM) to deploy its WAGABOX® purification unit onsite to transform the landfill gas into biomethane.

Biomethane produced via the WAGABOX®, which is set to be commissioned at the start of 2023, will then be injected directly into the gas grid of Énergir.

Designed to recover 1,000 m3 /h of gas, the WAGABOX® unit will produce 30 GWh of biomethane per year and supply 1,750 Quebec households with renewable gas, thus avoiding the emission of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The project will contribute to the objective set by the Quebec Government of increasing to 10% the share of green gas into the networks by 2030.

Commenting on the company’s new contract, Mathieu Lefebvre, CEO and Co-Founder of Waga Energy, said, “We are happy to be able to help the RIGMRBM to improve its environmental practices through our innovative gas recovery technology.”

“This new contract in Quebec is the result of the significant work we committed over the past two years to deploy our solution in North America and help move the energy transition forward. Our investor-operator model involves a long-term commitment and requires the establishment of local industrial capacities to build and operate our units.”

Waga Energy will finance the construction of the unit, as well as the connection of the installation to the gas network, 5 kilometers away. Further to that, the company will purchase the renewable natural gas produced onsite from RIGMRBM for 20 years.

It will operate and maintain the unit and generate income by selling the green gas to a Canadian energy company.

David Rumbsy, Managing Director of RIGMRBM, commented, “Several experts were consulted to ensure that we had the best technology for our site. After a comprehensive due diligence was carried out, our choice fell on the company that offered the best technology and, above all, had the most positive impact on the environment.” 

The news marks the second contract in Canada for Waga Energy, which was selected earlier this year by Enercycle to equip the Saint-Étienne-des-Grès landfill, also in Quebec.