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We’re seeking expressions of interest for biomethane supply for our renewable natural gas program. Interested parties are invited to submit their plans and associated costs for collecting biogas and, where applicable, upgrading it to pipeline quality biomethane.
 
Applications will be placed into two categories for evaluation.
  1. Public sector respondents are encouraged to submit an application covering either:
    1. A plan and associated costs for a biogas collection and production facility to be constructed, owned and operated by the respondent with FortisBC purchasing the raw biogas and contracting and operating the necessary facility to upgrade the biogas to pipeline quality biomethane, or
    2. A plan and associated costs for a biogas collection, production and upgrading facility to be constructed, owned and operated by the respondent to produce pipeline quality biomethane with FortisBC purchasing the biomethane
  2. Private sector respondents are encouraged to submit an application for plans and associated costs for a biogas collection, production and upgrading facility to be constructed, owned and operated by the respondent to produce pipeline quality biomethane with FortisBC purchasing the biomethane.

Eligible projects

We are interested in applications covering:
  • wastewater (sewage) treatment biogas recovery
  • landfill biogas recovery
  • biogas from agricultural waste
  • biogas from industrial or food and beverage process waste
  • projects that facilitate the development of biogas production from other organic material sources
To be considered feasible for our renewable natural gas program, the project must be located close to one of our pipelines, though the exact distance will vary by project.
 
Pipeline quality biomethane produced must meet the required gas quality parameters for injection in to the FortisBC system. These parameters may be amended, replaced or suspended by FortisBC from time to time.​
Details

​The biomethane shall meet the following requirements. It must:

  1. not contain sand, dust, gums, oils and other impurities or other objectionable substances in such quantities as may be injurious to pipelines or may interfere with the transmission or commercial utilization of the gas
  2. not contain more than six milligrams per cubic metre of hydrogen sulphide
  3. not contain water in the liquid phase and not contain more than 65 milligrams per cubic metre of water vapour
  4. be free of hydrocarbons in liquid form and not have a hydrocarbon dew-point in excess of minus 9 °C at the delivery pressure
  5. not contain more than 23 milligrams per cubic metre of total sulphur
  6. not contain more than two per cent by volume of carbon dioxide
  7. be as free of oxygen as the respondent can keep it through all reasonable precautions and shall not in any event contain more than 0.4 per cent by volume of oxygen
  8. have a temperature not exceeding 54 °C
  9. have a total heating value of not less than 36.00 megajoules per cubic metre
  10. not contain more than one milligram per cubic metre of total siloxane
  11. be free of any objectionable material

Information sessions

Information sessions were held on May 14 and 15. If you were unable to attend a slide deck of the presentation can be downloaded below.
 

Decision criteria

Decisions on successful respondents will be influenced by the applications we receive, the BC Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) response to the findings of this process, the success of the renewable natural gas program and FortisBC’s procurement criteria, which includes: 
  • biomethane purchase price
  • volume estimates
  • proximity to our existing pipelines
  • project costs and respondent stability
  • analysis of the levels of business and contract risk to FortisBC associated with the project

Application process

  1. Review the requirements in the expression of interest information document.
  2. Attend an optional information session for additional details.
  3. Complete the expression of interest application form and submit it along with any supporting documentation by May 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. PDT.
Email applications to biogasprogram@fortisbc.com.
 
Or send by mail:
 
Biogas RFEOI
Renewable natural gas program, Energy Solutions Group
FortisBC
16705 Fraser Highway
Surrey, BC V4N 0E8
 
Note: any document submitted electronically must be in Microsoft Office software formats.
  1. FortisBC will review all applications and submit a summary of the applications received to the BCUC on June 11, 2014.
  2. Following a review by the BCUC, FortisBC will reply to respondents indicating whether or not their project may be feasible at a future date.

Questions?