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Idaho dairy and Shell to open natural gas facility

A natural gas facility could come to Wendell.

Shell Oil Products US will soon start construction of dairy manure to a renewable natural gas facility. It would be co-located at the Bettencourt Dairies, a family-owned commercial dairy headquartered in Wendell. 

“We are excited to see this investment being made at Bettencourt Dairies,” Idaho Dairymen’s Association CEO Rick Naerebout said. “It demonstrates the commitment of Idaho’s dairy industry in meeting sustainability expectations and being part of a solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The news release said that when the RNG facility opens it’s expected to produce around 400,00 MMBtu (a unit used to measure energy value or heat content), a year of negative carbon intensity RNG with cow manure from the dairy. RNG can be used in natural gas vehicles.

Shell Downstream Bovarius is part of the US anaerobic digestion projects that are low carbon intensity for heavy on-road transport

“Shell’s Bovarius project in Wendell is part of our growing portfolio of RNG production and distribution assets supporting low-carbon intensity renewable compressed natural gas as fuel for heavy-duty, on-road transport,” Shell general manager Karel Kapoun said. “It’s a pleasure to do business in Idaho, where the dairy industry has demonstrated an eagerness to play a role in supporting decarbonization of on-road transport.”

In the news release, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association said it believes this Shell would be one of many ‘sizable investments’ the dairy industry would see in the months to come.

“The Bettencourt’s are one great example of how our farmers in Idaho and in Utah can help the dairy industry achieve its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050,” vice president of Sustainability for Dairy West Marissa Watson said. “This project demonstrates how technology can support farmers who are working to be good stewards of our air, land, and water.”

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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