ORTECH have been leaders in Natural Gas Testing and Analytical Laboratory Services for over 30 years.

ORTECH has been providing Natural Gas Testing and Analytical Laboratory services for over 30 years to the industrial sector such as, chemical, petroleum, automotive, food, agricultural and general manufacturing and the government sector, such as wastewater treatment plants and landfill sites. Our clients have benefited from ORTECH’s proven expertise in specialized analytical services including:

 Services include:

  1. Fuel Heating Value Determination,
  2. Landfill Gas and Biogas Analysis,
  3. Natural Gas Analysis,
  4. Fixed Gas Analysis,
  5. Biomass Analysis,
  6. Sample Collection,
  7. Reduced Sulphur Compound Analysis,
  8. Inorganic Compound Analysis,
  9. Volatile Organic Compound Analysis,
  10. Analytical Consultation, and
  11. Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Analysis.

Fuel Heating Value Determination

The heating value and other properties of fuel gases, such as natural gas and biogas, can vary significantly with time and both gas suppliers and their customers may need to know the heating value of a supply on a periodic, such as monthly, or on a spot basis.

 ORTECH provides a heating value and natural gas property determination service to a number of our clients and is certified separately by Measurement Canada to carry out these determinations on both natural gas and biogas.  These determinations require the analysis of methane in a sample but also the composition including analysis of fixed gases and trace amounts of other hydrocarbons which may contribute to the overall heating value.  Generally, Gas Producers Association and ASTM methods are used.

 Landfill Gas and Biogas Analysis

Heating values, gas composition and the physical properties of landfill gas and biogas are determined in the same way as they are for natural gas, although these gases primarily contain methane, carbon dioxide and air compared with natural gas which is principally methane.  ORTECH can also conduct extensive field or laboratory sampling and analysis of these gases for all types of contaminants both before and after combustion.

 Natural Gas Analysis

In addition to determining the heating value of natural gas based on the analysis of fixed gases and hydrocarbons, ORTECH can determine the physical properties such as moisture content, sample pressure, air contamination, density, specific gravity, Wobbe Index, gas compressibility and condensation temperatures.  Additional analyses of contaminants in the natural gas which may affect pipeline distribution, pipeline corrosion, deterioration of combustion equipment and combustion characteristics include reduced sulfur compound odorants, particulate matter, metals, siloxanes and condensable organic material.  The analysis for specific organic chemicals enables the condensation dew point to be calculated.

Fixed Gas Analysis

ORTECH specializes in the sampling and analysis of fixed gases (oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, permanent gases and moisture primarily) in a variety of processes and products.  Examples are the assessment of consumer products such gas detectors and the analysis of off-gassing samples.

Another example is the continuous field sampling and analysis of these gases from combustion sources at industrial facilities, coal-fired generating stations, incinerators, cement plant and steel works.  These programs may also include sampling and analysis of related gases such as sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides as well as the certification of plant analyzers used for greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting.

Biomass/Biogas Analysis

With increasing emphasis on the use of biomass as both a source of energy and as a nutrient such as the application of manure on agricultural fields, regulations require that the biomass is sampled and analyzed before it is used.  These analyses may include an odour evaluation to determine the odour release potential or analysis for specific hazardous contaminants such as metals and pathogens.

ORTECH has the expertise to collect biomass samples based on standard protocols and manage the required analytical programs either in their own laboratories or in laboratories which have expertise with specific contaminants.

Sample Collection

ORTECH has extensive experience in the collection of natural gas, landfill gas and biogas field samples for analysis.  This includes sampling at high pressure gas mains which enter facilities such as industrial plant and gas turbine generating stations.  These facilities require strict adherence to safety procedures and a thorough knowledge of how the samples should be collected based on the analyses required.  If preferred, ORTECH can provide the equipment and training to allow staff at the facility to collect and ship the samples to ORTECH for analysis.

Reduced Sulphur Compound Analysis

Reduced sulfur compounds are frequently responsible for odour complaints from facilities such as sewage treatment plants, steel works, pulp & paper mills, and composting.  Some of these compounds are added to natural gas, which otherwise has no odour, so that dangerous leaks can be detected by odour.  For each of these situations ORTECH can collect air samples and analyze them in the laboratory for a series of reduced sulfur compounds which include hydrogen sulfide, carbon disulfide, mercaptans, organic sulfides and thiophenes.  Portable field analyzers for hydrogen sulfide analysis are also available.  In many cases the emissions of reduced sulfur compounds can be correlated with odour emissions and the potential for odour complaints assessed.

To learn more, please contact:

 

ORTECH has the ability to test and analyze Sulfur.

Sulfur is a big air quality issues for many industries. Our laboratories also specialize in the detailed analysis of reduced sulfur compounds in samples from various industrial facilities where they may be responsible for odour complaints and in fuel gas samples where they may be added as odorants.

Reduced sulfur compounds are frequently responsible for odour complaints from facilities such as sewage treatment plants, steel works, pulp & paper mills, and composting.  Some of these compounds are added to natural gas, which otherwise has no odour, so that dangerous leaks can be detected by odour.  ORTECH can collect air samples and analyze them in the laboratory for a series of reduced sulfur compounds which include hydrogen sulfide, carbon disulfide, mercaptans, organic sulfides and thiophenes.  Portable field analyzers for hydrogen sulfide analysis are also available.  In many cases the emissions of reduced sulfur compounds can be correlated with odour emissions and the potential for odour complaints assessed.

ORTECH is skilled in testing and analyzing sulfur and sulfur compounds with a full range of services including Natural Gas Analysis, Odour Assessments, Emissions Testing and Ambient Air Monitoring. ORTECH's laboratory services can identify and quantify sulfur compounds.

ORTECH has extensive experience testing for sulfur in the following industries:

  • Sewers and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
  • Petrochemical Refineries
  • Odorants of Liquid Propane
  • Odorants of Natural Gas
  • Pulp and Paper Mills
  • Composting Facilities
  • Livestock Activities
  • Steel Mill Production
 

For more information, please contact:

Biogas/BioEnergy Project? Need technical services? ORTECH can help!

ORTECH provides specific technical services to the Renewable Natural Gas ("RNG") or BioEnergy industry.   Our deep understanding of emissions and odours, our extensive experience with regulatory compliance, either through the REA or Environmental Compliance Approval ("ECA") process, over 30 years of experience working directly with Waste to Energy ("WTE"), Waste Water Treatment Plants ("WWTP") and Biogas/Biomass developers makes us the ideal partner. This core experience is all internal.  ORTECH will outsource select specialty services such as noise, natural heritage, archeological and cultural heritage and has a long working history with practitioners selected for projects. Click here for ORTECH's experience.

ORTECH has a number of services to assist you including:

Why ORTECH?

ORTECH’s experience goes well beyond completing the REA process for three (3) biogas facilities.  Our deep understanding of emissions and odours, our extensive experience with regulatory compliance, either through the REA or Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) process, over 30 years of experience working directly with Waste to Energy (WTE) or Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) makes us the ideal partner. This core experience is all internal.  ORTECH will outsource select specialty services such as noise, natural heritage, archeological and cultural heritage and has a long working history with practitioners selected for this project.

Renewable Natural Gas ("RNG") or Biogas REA Experience:

The key components of a RNG or Biogas REA are odour and air emission estimates and dispersion modelling.  Examples of some of our recent biogas experience are summarized below:

Grimsby Energy Inc.:  ORTECH developed and prepared an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Report for a RNG or biogas anaerobic digester which produces electrical power through reciprocating internal combustion engines using farm crop, livestock and zoo animal wastes.  The ESDM Report was submitted as part of Renewable Energy Approval (REA) applications for Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA).

ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc.:  ORTECH developed and prepared an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Report for a RNG or biogas anaerobic digester which produces electrical power through reciprocating internal combustion engines.  The ESDM Report was submitted as part of a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) application for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA).

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO):  ORTECH performed commercial operation date audits for the 8 facilities in the RNG or biogas category.  These audits were performed on behalf of the IESO to determine if the facility was constructed as per the REA and Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contact.  ORTECH has performed over 325 audits for the IESO across all renewable energy categories.

General Industry Experience with WWTP:

For over 30 years, ORTECH has been offering emission testing, odour testing, emissions estimating and dispersion modelling and analytical laboratory services to WWTP, incinerators and WTE facilities in Canada.  ORTECH also provides RNG or biogas and natural gas analytical services including but not limited to heating value and sulphur content.

Other examples of relevant ORTECH clients in various air quality services are provided below.

Emissions Testing/Environmental Compliance Approval Clients:

  • AbitibiBowater,
  • Aevitas Inc,
  • Covanta York Durham Energy Center, Waste to Energy,
  • Clean Harbors Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant (Sarnia/Mercier),
  • City of London,
  • City of Toronto, Greenway WWTP/Highland Creek WWTP/Ashbridges Bay WWTP,
  • Emerald Power (former Region of Peel) Waste to Energy,
  • Enbridge Gas,
  • Halton Region WWTP,
  • Imperial Oil Co-Generation Plant,
  • Medical Waste Management Inc. (Incinerator),
  • Northland Power Thorold Co-Generation Plant, and
  • Plasco, Waste to Energy.

Odour Assessment Clients:

  • City of Toronto Highland WWTP/Ashbridges Bay WWTP,
  • Halton Recycling,
  • Kitchener WWTP,
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency (Lakeview WWTP),
  • PlanET biogas Solutions,
  • Region of Halton Mid-Halton WWTP/Georgetown WWTP,
  • Skyway WWTP, and
  • Stormfisher.

RNG or Biogas Analysis Clients:

  • Anaergia,
  • BioRem,
  • Cardinal Power Cogeneration,
  • Casco Cardinal,
  • City of Sudbury Sludge Treatment Plant,
  • City of Toronto (Highland Creek WWTP),
  • EBI Energie,
  • Enbridge,
  • Ingredion,
  • Metro Vancouver,
  • Oxford County,
  • Region of Niagara,
  • StormFisher,
  • Triton Engineering, and
  • Union Gas.

 

To learn more please contact:


Water Quality Monitoring?  We have that covered!

ORTECH has the experience, expertise and resources to design, implement and operate cost effective monitoring programs for the continuous measurement of volatile organic compounds in aqueous streams. 

Municipal Water Quality Monitoring
ORTECH can tailor monitoring systems for municipalities where water quality issues are of concern due to various reasons.

Industrial Water Quality Monitoring
ORTECH has a great deal of experience with providing continuous measurement of industrial process streams (i.e. cooling water, effluent).  Systems can range from TOC measurement to specialized systems capable of sub-ppb analysis. 

Equipment Selection Criteria

•    Provision of detection limits adequate to compare to standards
•    Use of recognized methods
•    Use of well-developed, well supported technology
•    Reliable operation – data recovery of better than 95%
•    Can report on hourly basis by telemetry, and track trends over long time periods
•    Provide automated alerting for system problems or contaminants above “trigger” levels

Currently, ORTECH is managing 3 water monitoring systems including the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Associations system in Sarnia, ON.


 

To learn more, please contact:

ORTECH has provided Material Testing services for over 30 years.

Our services include the direct analysis of materials for a variety of chemical and physical components as well the collection of off-gas samples from the materials followed by analysis for volatile compounds and odour.

  • Off-Gas Testing of Materials: Consumer and related products frequently discharge volatile organic compounds and other volatile compounds into the air during a process called off-gassing, particularly when these products are new. Examples are furniture and fabrics which can cause health problems in households or the workplace.  ORTECH uses various techniques to collect these compounds either on-site at residences, offices and other locations or in the laboratory using material samples.  Once the air samples have been analyzed the results can be compared with indoor air quality standards and guidelines to confirm if the discharges may be the cause for concern from a health perspective or the source of unpleasant odours.
  • Fuel Gas Testing: ORTECH has a laboratory which is dedicated to the analysis of fuel gases for major components (methane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, moisture, oxygen) as well as for minor components (other hydrocarbons, reduced sulfur compounds, carbon monoxide) and physical properties (heating value, compressibility, density, Wobbe index).  These fuel gases include natural gas, landfill gas and biogas from sources such as the anaerobic digestion of biosolids.
  • Odour Release Potential of Materials: Odours may be released from a variety of industrial, commercial and consumer products. Frequently there is a need to quantify these odour emissions so that the material can be modified or reformulated to reduce the odour impact. Examples are the reformulation of paint at an automobile paint facility to address off-site odour complaints or to prevent packaging material odours from contaminating food products. Odour testing may also be conducted on merchandise recovered from a fire or flood to determine if it can be salvaged.  Samples for odour evaluation may be recovered from the material using a variety of techniques. Evaluation of the samples involves a determination of the odour detection threshold value and other odour parameters using an odour panel with an olfactometer. An odour panel is a group of six or more people screened to have a “normal” level of odour sensitivity and who are trained to assess odours. An olfactometer is a scientific device which is used to accurately dilute an odorous sample before it is presented to the panelists.
  • Biomass Material Sampling and Analysis:  To comply with new and existing legislation in Ontario and elsewhere, ORTECH undertakes sampling and analysis of various biomass materials.  Examples are materials which must be analyzed include those specified under Ontario Regulation 267 to determine the odour classification of non-agricultural source material used as a nutrient for land application and Ontario Regulation 101 to determine the classification of municipal compost.

To learn more, please contact: