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The Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B. Image: Mark Leger

Irving Oil signs deal to receive renewable natural gas

By Brad Perry Nov 8, 2023 | 1:42 PM

Irving Oil has a new source of renewable natural gas for its operations in New Brunswick.

The company has signed a 10-year deal with Alberta-based Grow the Energy Circle Ltd.

It will supply up to 60,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas through existing pipelines.

“We believe renewable natural gas provides a powerful opportunity for the efficient decarbonization of our operations,” Irving Oil president Ian Whitcomb said in a statement.

“This agreement demonstrates our continued commitment to secure strategic RNG partnerships as we work toward our 2030 goal of a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and shift to lower carbon energy solutions.”

The natural gas is produced from organic waste, including food waste and manure, at GrowTEC’s facility near Lethbridge, Alta.

The product is considered carbon-negative, meaning the renewable natural gas produced from organic waste would capture more greenhouse gases than it emits.

GrowTEC’s facility is located on the Perry Family Farm and is partially owned by EverGen Infrastructure Corp. as well as the Perry family.

“We’re excited about this agreement, marking another key milestone for EverGen and underpinning the completion of the first phase of our GrowTEC RNG expansion,” said EverGen CEO Mischa Zajtmann.

“Opportunities like these allow us to continue to grow – helping communities contribute to a sustainable and carbon-free future.”