Anaerobic Digestion, Biogas, Waste-to-Co-Product, Energy from Biomass
Principal Waste Type:
Biomass / Organic not specified, Plant/Green/Garden Waste, Food
Facility officially opened.
First waste accepted and commissioning under way.
Installation works finished.
WTT to begin its construction work related to process equipment in June.
Greenlane to supply biogas upgrading system and a CO2 recovery unit & Waste Treatment Technologies to supply process equipment.
Facility construction under way.
Orgaworld achieves financial close and groundbreaking takes place.
Iris Solutions chosen as preferred proponent.
City reveals shortlisted teams to participate in RFP.
Construction of an organics biofuel processing facility.
On 9th March 2018, the City of Surrey’s biofuel facility officially opened on a City-owned 6.6-acre site located in the Port Kells industrial area, adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station.
On 27th February 2015, a groundbreaking ceremony was held and in September 2015, it was reported that construction of the facility was under way. On 18th December 2017, Renewi announced that it had started accepting the first waste at the facility.
The US$68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The 154,171 square foot facility will convert curbside organic kitchen and yard waste into renewable biofuel to fuel the City’s fleet of natural gas powered waste collection and service vehicles. Excess fuel will go to the new district energy system that heats and cools Surrey’s City Centre. The facility will also produce a compost and mulch material that will be sold through local retailers. The facility will produce approximately 45,000 tonnes of compost per year.
The facility employs anaerobic digestion technology to process 115,000 tonnes of diverted organic waste per year and produce approximately 120,000 Gigajoules of renewable natural gas. The project will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 49,000 tonnes a year.
The facility is designed to meet future demand. Currently, the City of Surrey collects 65,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. The processing capacity of the facility can meet a demand of 115,000 tonnes per year, which the City fully expects to utilise by 2043. In the interim, the balance of organic waste will come from the commercial sector and other municipalities.
Organic waste will be contained and processed exclusively inside the facility, which has state-of-the-art odour mitigation technology that treats the waste odours. The end result is that odours are entirely contained within the facility.
Contracts, Progress & Financing
On 16th May 2013, Partnerships British Columbia/City of
Surrey issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the project. On 25th
February 2014, the City announced that Iris Solutions, Plenary Harvest Surrey
and Urbaser were the three qualified teams shortlisted to move forward to the Request
for Proposals (RFP) stage.
On 16th December 2014, the City reported that Iris Solutions
had been selected as the preferred proponent to finalise an agreement to
design, build, partially finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the Surrey
Biofuels Processing Facility project. Iris Solutions is a consortium led by
Orgaworld Canada, part of Renewi (previously Shanks’ Organics Division), plus Stantec Consulting,
and Smith Bros Wilson (BC) Ltd.
The City’s approach to developing this facility is via a
public-private-partnership (PPP) model, where Renewi was responsible
for financing 75% of the project as well as the DBOM of the
facility via a 25-year agreement that runs until 2042. As an added financial benefit, in September
2012, the Government of Canada announced that it had approved the City of
Surrey’s application to the Public Private Partnerships Canada where it will
contribute up to 25% (or up to C$16.9 million) of the capital cost of the
future biofuel facility.
On 26th February 2015, Shanks Group announced that Orgaworld
Canada had achieved financial close for the project. Reaching financial close
on the contract signalled the end of negotiations and the finalisation of a
fixed-price, performance-based partnership agreement.
On 28th January 2016, Waste Treatment Technologies (WTT) announced that it had been contracted by Orgaworld Design-Builder Limited Partnership as process equipment supplier for the facility. On 13th May 2016, WTT reported that it would begin construction of the engineering, mounting and commissioning of the biological process equipment in June 2016. In October 2016, WTT revealed that installation works at the construction site were on schedule and the main part of the equipment for anaerobic digestion, composting and odour abatement was in place. Main equipment was pre-installed on skids and tested in a factory in Holland prior to being transported to Canada. On 10th May 2017, WTT announced that all the installation works were finished and the preparations for the start-up of the biofuel facility had started.
On 29th February 2016, Greenlane Biogas announced that it had been contracted by Orgaworld Canada to supply a biogas upgrading system and a CO2 recovery unit for the facility. The organic waste is fed into anaerobic digesters to generate biogas which is upgraded by the system to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) with methane purity >97%. The RNG will be used to fuel the City’s fleet of natural gas waste collection and operations service vehicles, and supply the City-owned district energy system to heat and cool public and privately owned buildings in the City Centre community.
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