REN leader hopes for Fruitvale RNG plant to be built in March – Trail Daily Times

REN Energy recently announced the purchase of an additional 14.5 acres of land for Phase 2 of the Wood Waste and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Plant at Park Siding. However, many residents may be wondering when Phase 1 will begin.

REN President and CEO Philip Viggiani responded to a question from the Trail Times about the delayed start-up of the much-anticipated renewable natural gas plant.

“We’re doing a bit of excavation right now,” Viggiani said. “We now have the geo-hydropower on the ground, we have completed the surveying for our development permit, which is essential, and we will have it in November. “

Viggiani says the company is also waiting to complete its funding allocation, but if all goes well, the land will be cleared and ready for construction in March 2022.

“And we expect it to be finished in 12 months or less from then.”

Philippe Viggiani

The CEO confirmed that the land was purchased alongside the original land at Park Siding to make way for the installation of Phase 2, which will double clean energy production.

“This is just an extension of the first one,” he said. “Our first plant will be 1.2 (million gigajoules of RNG) and once it is operational we will double, not double the size, but double the volume so that we get 2.4 million gigajoules per year.

“And after that, all the other sites we have in BC will be 2.4. “

Viggiani expects Phase 2 to begin three to four months after the completion of Phase 1, barring unforeseen difficulties.

The project was originally scheduled to be completed in late 2021 or early 2022, however, this timeline has been extended to begin construction in spring 2021, and now through March 2022.

Delays in the supply chain from COVID-19 have affected production of everything from cars to widgets, and REN has felt the impact. Yet in one case it turned out to be an advantage.

“We had a supply problem with one of our systems outside of Europe,” Viggiani explained. “What we did, because we had to research it, we actually found superior technology for one of the systems we are using, which is great.

“We did our due diligence, did all the testing to make sure it fits and was aligned with the rest of our assembly. So it was “A”, then “B”, – COVID hit and that also slowed down supply chain opportunities.

Renewable natural gas is carbon neutral energy produced from decaying organic waste. It replaces conventional natural gas in existing natural gas lines, reducing emissions from the natural gas system.

Increasing the amount of renewable gas in FortisBC’s system is essential for the organization to meet its 30BY30 target – an ambitious goal of reducing its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

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