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About the ​Ardenode RNG ​​​​​​facility

In this section:​​​

​What will the facility do?​

The facility will receive livestock manure from Cattleland Feedyards Ltd.​ (Cattleland), as well as other organics such as fats, oils and greases from various external sources. The manure and organics (or feedstock) will be fed into anaerobic digesters where bacteria will break down (or digest) them to produce two outputs: biogas and digestate. 

  • ​The biogas will be captured in the digesters and filtered to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) and other impurities to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) that meets the specifications for injection into the existing natural gas pipeline system where it will be used just​​ like conventional natural gas. Biogas is classified as a renewable resource because the production-and-use cycle repeats continuously. The facility will generate no net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as it captures methane that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere.

  • The digestate (solid and liquid material) is a nutrient rich product that will be spread on to agricultural land, as is currently being done with the livestock manure from Cattleland. 

Pending Provincial and County regulatory approvals, construction of the EPCOR Ardenode RNG Facility is expected to begin in spring/summer 2024, with commercial operations beginning in fall 2025.​​​​​​ 

​​What will the facility look like?

​View architect renderings of what the facility will look like and of the facility location in Wheatland County, 13km north of Strathmore, Alberta at the northeast corner of Highway 564 and Range Road 253.​​​

​​ View of facility looking north
View of facility l​ooking southwest
View of facility location

Proposed site layout

View the proposed site layout for the Ardenode RNG facility.

 
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What organic material will the facility accept?

The Project’s Provincial permitting will outline the types of organic material that can be processed by the facility.

  • Livestock manure (50% or greater of total organic material processed)
  • Fats, oils, and greases (e.g. grease trap fat from restaurants, food processors, and cafeterias
  • Food processing residues (e.g. paunch manure, brewery wastewater, oil seed processing residues, and pet food )
  • Kitchen and market residues (e.g. candies and cookies, dough and vegetables, fruits and grains from food processors, restaurants, and cafeterias)
  • Other organic materials (e.g. silage, damaged/rejected crops)​


​Project pa​ges to review

Visit "About the anaerobic digestion process" next.​​​​

 

About the an​​​aerobic d​igestion process

Understand renewable natural gas (RNG), anaerobic d​igestion and how​ the process works to ​​​produce RNG and digestate.
Understand the process​​​​​​​​​​​

 

Project benefits

Discover how the​ proj​ect is expected to benefit the community and the environment once it is ope​rationa​l.
Project benefits​​​

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What to expect from EPCOR and the facility

Learn more about EPCOR, what type of n​eighbour EPCOR and the facility will be​​ and predicted odour conditions.​​
What to expect​​​​​​​​​

 

Next steps 

View our next steps, project timelin​es and regulatory appro​vals needed along the way. 
Next steps and timelines​​​​​​​